Index XXII-XXVI: Artists, 2011

Walid Raad
Index XXII-XXVI: Artists, 2011
Drywall, paint, wood, colour photographs, vinyl
Dimensions variable
Installation view
Courtesy of Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut/Hamburg
Produced by Sharjah Art Foundation
Photo by Alfredo Rubio


In Walid Raad's project the Atlas Group, a fifteen-year project (1989 – 2004), the artist documented contemporary Lebanese history, particularly the wars between 1975 and 1991. Archive publications from this project include Let's Be Honest, The Weather Helped (2007), My Neck Is Thinner Than A Hair (2006) and the Truth Will Be Known When The Last Witness Is Dead (2004).

His most recent publication Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Arab World (2009), a project that started in 2007 and it explores recent cultural developments in the region and the potential impact of their infrastructure.

Raad's works have been shown at The Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2006); MoMA, New York (2006); Homeworks, Beirut, Lebanon (2005); dOCUMENTA, Kassel, Germany (2002) and The Venice Biennale (2003).

Raad was the recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2007), the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2007) and the Camera Austria Award (2005) and is also a member of the Arab Image Foundation.

Walid Raad was born in Chbanieh, Lebanon in 1967 and is an Associate Professor of Art in The Cooper Union, New York. In 1989 he received a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA (1993) and a PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies at the University of Rochester in 1996.

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 9 and 10


Raad, Walid

Index XXII-XXVI: Artists

Over the past decade Walid Raad has been fascinated by the emergence of new art museums, galleries, schools and cultural foundations in Arab cities, by way of which the makers, sponsors, consumers, forms and histories of Arab art are becoming more and more visible.