Walid Raad is one of the leading artists of his generation and an influential voice in art from the Middle East. His works explore historical, political, economic, and aesthetic facts and fictions related to the Lebanese wars and to "Arab" art, and cast doubt on the veracity of photographic and video documentation.
Published to accompany the first comprehensive exhibition of his work in the United States, this catalogue surveys almost three decades of Raad's practice in a variety of mediums- including photography, video, and performance- and features his most momentous bodies of work, such as his long-term projects The Atlas Group (1989-2004) and Scratching on things I could disavow (2007-ongoing). Essays by curator Eva Respini and scholar Finbarr Barry Flood place Raad's work in the international context of contemporary artmaking, and the book includes a special eighteen-page visual contribution by Raad himself.
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Eva Respini is Chief Curator at the ICA/Boston. At the ICA [Institute for Contemporary Art] she has organized exhibitions of a variety of leading contemporary artists, including William Forsythe, Liz Deschenes and Nalini Malani, as well as the exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today. Respini previously served as Curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she organized the critically acclaimed retrospectives of Cindy Sherman, Walid Raad, and Robert Heinecken. Over the course of her 15-year tenure at MoMA, Respini also organized important thematic exhibitions such as Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography and Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960.
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