Walid Raad began his artist career in the late 1980s and has worked primarily on three major projects: The Atlas Group, Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut), and Scratching on Things I Could Disavow. These projects are closely linked to his experiences of growing up in Beirut during the civil war in Lebanon, moving to New York, and having an emerging career in a globally expansive art world.
Walid Raad engages how violence affects bodies, minds, culture and tradition. In his photographs, videotapes, sculptures, texts and mixed media installations, Raad proceeds from historical events to imagine seemingly ludicrous, bizarre, and wondrous situations and documents. A performance at the intersection between lecture, guided tour and theatre is centrally placed in the exhibition.
Walid Raad was born in 1967 in Lebanon. He currently lives in Medusa, in upstate New York.
Curator: Fredrik Liew
The exhibition is on the 4th floor
The exhibition is organized by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in collaboration with Moderna Museet, Stockholm. The exhibition is on view at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from 18 May until 13 October 2019.