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Biography

Walid Raad (b. 1967, Chbaniyeh, Lebanon) works across installation, performance, video, and photography to explore how historical events of physical and psychological violence affect bodies, minds, culture, and narrative. He is well-known for The Atlas Group, a 14-year project about the contemporary history of Lebanon. Raad’s work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions including Documenta 11 and 13, the 14th Istanbul Biennial, the first Vienna Biennale, the Whitney Biennial (2000 and 2002), and the 50th Venice Biennale. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; and Carré d’Art, Nîmes. His 2015 survey exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston and Museo Jumex in Mexico City. His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Kunsthaus Zürich; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, among others.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Walid Raad Letters to the Reader, 2014 MDF wood and paint ​11 panels, each 94 1/2 x 48 in. (240 x 121.9 cm) + wall text. Installation view, “Question the Wall Itself” curated by Fionn Meade, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, November 19, 2016 - May 21, 2017.

Walid Raad
Letters to the Reader, 2014
MDF wood and paint
11 panels, each 94 1/2 x 48 in. (240 x 121.9 cm) + wall text. Installation view, “Question the Wall Itself” curated by Fionn Meade, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, November 19, 2016 - May 21, 2017.

Walid Raad Section 88: Views from inner to outer compartment_ACT XXI_Scene VIII, 2011 painted high density foam 53 1/2 x 110 1/2 x 2 in. (135.9 x 280.7 x 5.1 cm), Edition of 3, 2 AP

Walid Raad
Section 88: Views from inner to outer compartment_ACT XXI_Scene VIII, 2011
painted high density foam
53 1/2 x 110 1/2 x 2 in. (135.9 x 280.7 x 5.1 cm), Edition of 3, 2 AP

Walid Raad Appendix XVIII: Plates 63-257, 2012 31 archival inkjet prints mounted on sintra 31 plates, each: 16 1/2 x 21 5/16 in. (42 x 54.2 cm) frame: 22 1/4 x 17 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. (56.5 x 44.1 x 3.8 cm overall dimensions variable, Edition of 7, 2 AP

Walid Raad
Appendix XVIII: Plates 63-257, 2012
31 archival inkjet prints mounted on sintra
31 plates, each: 16 1/2 x 21 5/16 in. (42 x 54.2 cm) frame: 22 1/4 x 17 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. (56.5 x 44.1 x 3.8 cm overall dimensions variable, Edition of 7, 2 AP

Walid Raad Section 88: Views from inner to outer compartment_ACT VI_Scene IV, 2013 wood ​32 x 94 x 2 1/2 in. (81.3 x 238.8 x 6.4 cm), Edition of 3, 2 AP

Walid Raad
Section 88: Views from inner to outer compartment_ACT VI_Scene IV, 2013
wood
32 x 94 x 2 1/2 in. (81.3 x 238.8 x 6.4 cm), Edition of 3, 2 AP

Walid Raad Preface to the Seventh Edition _ IV, 2012, archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum Dibond 29 x 43 1/2 in. (73.7 x 110.5 cm); framed: 30 x 44 in. (76.2 x 111.8 cm), Edition of 5, 2 AP

Walid Raad
Preface to the Seventh Edition _ IV, 2012,
archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum Dibond
29 x 43 1/2 in. (73.7 x 110.5 cm); framed: 30 x 44 in. (76.2 x 111.8 cm), Edition of 5, 2 AP

Walid Raad Appendix 137 (detail), 2018 archival inkjet print mounted on Sintra ​34 5/8 x 29 1/4 in. (87.9 x 74.3 cm), frame: 35 1/2 x 30 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (90.2 x 76.8 x 4.4 cm).

Walid Raad
Appendix 137 (detail), 2018
archival inkjet print mounted on Sintra
34 5/8 x 29 1/4 in. (87.9 x 74.3 cm), frame: 35 1/2 x 30 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (90.2 x 76.8 x 4.4 cm).

Walid Raad Appendix 137 (detail), 2018 archival inkjet print mounted on Sintra ​34 5/8 x 29 1/4 in. (87.9 x 74.3 cm); frame: 35 1/2 x 30 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (90.2 x 76.8 x 4.4 cm)

Walid Raad
Appendix 137 (detail), 2018
archival inkjet print mounted on Sintra
34 5/8 x 29 1/4 in. (87.9 x 74.3 cm); frame: 35 1/2 x 30 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (90.2 x 76.8 x 4.4 cm)

Walid Raad Hostage: The Bachar Polaroids, 2011 20 inkjet prints ​7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (20 x 20 cm), Edition of 7, 2 AP

Walid Raad
Hostage: The Bachar Polaroids, 2011
20 inkjet prints
7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (20 x 20 cm), Edition of 7, 2 AP

Walid Raad We decided to let them say, “we are convinced,” twice_Artillery_II, 2002 archival color inkjet print unframed: 44 x 67 inches (111.8 x 170.2 cm.); framed: 47 1/2 x 71 1/2 inches (121 x 182 cm.), Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Walid Raad
We decided to let them say, “we are convinced,” twice_Artillery_II, 2002
archival color inkjet print
unframed: 44 x 67 inches (111.8 x 170.2 cm.); framed: 47 1/2 x 71 1/2 inches (121 x 182 cm.), Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Walid Raad We are a fair people. We never speak well of one another_Plate 4, 2014, archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum dibond 34 x 44 in. (86.4 x 111.8 cm) framed: 35 x 45 x 1 3/4 in. (88.9 x 114.3 x 4.4 cm), Edition of 5, 2 APs

Walid Raad
We are a fair people. We never speak well of one another_Plate 4, 2014,
archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum dibond
34 x 44 in. (86.4 x 111.8 cm) framed: 35 x 45 x 1 3/4 in. (88.9 x 114.3 x 4.4 cm), Edition of 5, 2 APs

Walid Raad I might die before I get a rifle_Device V, 1993 inkjet print using Epson Archival Ultrachrome inks on Epson Enhanced matte Paper 63 x 84 in. (160 x 213.4 cm); framed: 65 x 86 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (165.1 x 219.7 x 6.4 cm), Edition of 7, 2 APs

Walid Raad
I might die before I get a rifle_Device V, 1993
inkjet print using Epson Archival Ultrachrome inks on Epson Enhanced matte Paper
63 x 84 in. (160 x 213.4 cm); framed: 65 x 86 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (165.1 x 219.7 x 6.4 cm), Edition of 7, 2 APs

Walid Raad Translator's Introduction: Pension Arts in Dubai, 2011-2013 paper cutouts on wall, 2 channel video (synchronized and looped Quicktime files) silent, dimensions variable, Edition of 7, 2 APs

Walid Raad
Translator's Introduction: Pension Arts in Dubai, 2011-2013
paper cutouts on wall, 2 channel video (synchronized and looped Quicktime files)
silent, dimensions variable, Edition of 7, 2 APs

Walid Raad I want to be able to welcome my father to my house, Attributed to: Fadwa Hassoun, 2018 archival inkjet print mounted on Sintra 10 prints, each: 18 1/2 x 23 3/8 in. (47 x 59.4 cm); frame, each: 19 1/4 x 26 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (48.9 x 66.7 x 3.8 cm)

Walid Raad
I want to be able to welcome my father to my house, Attributed to: Fadwa Hassoun, 2018
archival inkjet print mounted on Sintra
10 prints, each: 18 1/2 x 23 3/8 in. (47 x 59.4 cm); frame, each: 19 1/4 x 26 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (48.9 x 66.7 x 3.8 cm)

Walid Raad Preface to the third edition_Acknowledgment (Coupe II), 2014 3D print plaster composite, paint 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 6 in. (11.4 x 19.1 x 15.2 cm), Edition of 3, 1 AP

Walid Raad
Preface to the third edition_Acknowledgment (Coupe II), 2014
3D print plaster composite, paint
4 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 6 in. (11.4 x 19.1 x 15.2 cm), Edition of 3, 1 AP

Walid Raad Notebook volume 38: Already been in a lake of fire_Plate 57-58, 1991 archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum anodized 44 x 78 1/4 in. (111.8 x 198.8 cm), Edition of 3, 1AP

Walid Raad
Notebook volume 38: Already been in a lake of fire_Plate 57-58, 1991
archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum anodized
44 x 78 1/4 in. (111.8 x 198.8 cm), Edition of 3, 1AP

Walid Raad Better be watching the clouds_XIV, 2000/2015 Pigmented inkjet print (plate 85) 36 x 24 in. (91.4 x 61 cm), Edition of 3, 2 APs

Walid Raad
Better be watching the clouds_XIV, 2000/2015
Pigmented inkjet print (plate 85)
36 x 24 in. (91.4 x 61 cm), Edition of 3, 2 APs

Walid Raad Letters to the Reader, 2014 MDF wood and paint ​11 panels, each 94 1/2 x 48 in. (240 x 121.9 cm) + wall text. Installation view, “Question the Wall Itself” curated by Fionn Meade, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, November 19, 2016 - May 21, 2017.

Walid Raad
Letters to the Reader, 2014
MDF wood and paint
11 panels, each 94 1/2 x 48 in. (240 x 121.9 cm) + wall text. Installation view, “Question the Wall Itself” curated by Fionn Meade, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, November 19, 2016 - May 21, 2017.

Walid Raad Section 88: Views from inner to outer compartment_ACT XXI_Scene VIII, 2011 painted high density foam 53 1/2 x 110 1/2 x 2 in. (135.9 x 280.7 x 5.1 cm), Edition of 3, 2 AP

Walid Raad
Section 88: Views from inner to outer compartment_ACT XXI_Scene VIII, 2011
painted high density foam
53 1/2 x 110 1/2 x 2 in. (135.9 x 280.7 x 5.1 cm), Edition of 3, 2 AP

Walid Raad Appendix XVIII: Plates 63-257, 2012 31 archival inkjet prints mounted on sintra 31 plates, each: 16 1/2 x 21 5/16 in. (42 x 54.2 cm) frame: 22 1/4 x 17 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. (56.5 x 44.1 x 3.8 cm overall dimensions variable, Edition of 7, 2 AP

Walid Raad
Appendix XVIII: Plates 63-257, 2012
31 archival inkjet prints mounted on sintra
31 plates, each: 16 1/2 x 21 5/16 in. (42 x 54.2 cm) frame: 22 1/4 x 17 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. (56.5 x 44.1 x 3.8 cm overall dimensions variable, Edition of 7, 2 AP

Walid Raad Section 88: Views from inner to outer compartment_ACT VI_Scene IV, 2013 wood ​32 x 94 x 2 1/2 in. (81.3 x 238.8 x 6.4 cm), Edition of 3, 2 AP

Walid Raad
Section 88: Views from inner to outer compartment_ACT VI_Scene IV, 2013
wood
32 x 94 x 2 1/2 in. (81.3 x 238.8 x 6.4 cm), Edition of 3, 2 AP

Walid Raad Preface to the Seventh Edition _ IV, 2012, archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum Dibond 29 x 43 1/2 in. (73.7 x 110.5 cm); framed: 30 x 44 in. (76.2 x 111.8 cm), Edition of 5, 2 AP

Walid Raad
Preface to the Seventh Edition _ IV, 2012,
archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum Dibond
29 x 43 1/2 in. (73.7 x 110.5 cm); framed: 30 x 44 in. (76.2 x 111.8 cm), Edition of 5, 2 AP

Walid Raad Appendix 137 (detail), 2018 archival inkjet print mounted on Sintra ​34 5/8 x 29 1/4 in. (87.9 x 74.3 cm), frame: 35 1/2 x 30 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (90.2 x 76.8 x 4.4 cm).

Walid Raad
Appendix 137 (detail), 2018
archival inkjet print mounted on Sintra
34 5/8 x 29 1/4 in. (87.9 x 74.3 cm), frame: 35 1/2 x 30 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (90.2 x 76.8 x 4.4 cm).

Walid Raad Appendix 137 (detail), 2018 archival inkjet print mounted on Sintra ​34 5/8 x 29 1/4 in. (87.9 x 74.3 cm); frame: 35 1/2 x 30 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (90.2 x 76.8 x 4.4 cm)

Walid Raad
Appendix 137 (detail), 2018
archival inkjet print mounted on Sintra
34 5/8 x 29 1/4 in. (87.9 x 74.3 cm); frame: 35 1/2 x 30 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (90.2 x 76.8 x 4.4 cm)

Walid Raad Hostage: The Bachar Polaroids, 2011 20 inkjet prints ​7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (20 x 20 cm), Edition of 7, 2 AP

Walid Raad
Hostage: The Bachar Polaroids, 2011
20 inkjet prints
7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (20 x 20 cm), Edition of 7, 2 AP

Walid Raad We decided to let them say, “we are convinced,” twice_Artillery_II, 2002 archival color inkjet print unframed: 44 x 67 inches (111.8 x 170.2 cm.); framed: 47 1/2 x 71 1/2 inches (121 x 182 cm.), Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Walid Raad
We decided to let them say, “we are convinced,” twice_Artillery_II, 2002
archival color inkjet print
unframed: 44 x 67 inches (111.8 x 170.2 cm.); framed: 47 1/2 x 71 1/2 inches (121 x 182 cm.), Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Walid Raad We are a fair people. We never speak well of one another_Plate 4, 2014, archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum dibond 34 x 44 in. (86.4 x 111.8 cm) framed: 35 x 45 x 1 3/4 in. (88.9 x 114.3 x 4.4 cm), Edition of 5, 2 APs

Walid Raad
We are a fair people. We never speak well of one another_Plate 4, 2014,
archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum dibond
34 x 44 in. (86.4 x 111.8 cm) framed: 35 x 45 x 1 3/4 in. (88.9 x 114.3 x 4.4 cm), Edition of 5, 2 APs

Walid Raad I might die before I get a rifle_Device V, 1993 inkjet print using Epson Archival Ultrachrome inks on Epson Enhanced matte Paper 63 x 84 in. (160 x 213.4 cm); framed: 65 x 86 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (165.1 x 219.7 x 6.4 cm), Edition of 7, 2 APs

Walid Raad
I might die before I get a rifle_Device V, 1993
inkjet print using Epson Archival Ultrachrome inks on Epson Enhanced matte Paper
63 x 84 in. (160 x 213.4 cm); framed: 65 x 86 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (165.1 x 219.7 x 6.4 cm), Edition of 7, 2 APs

Walid Raad Translator's Introduction: Pension Arts in Dubai, 2011-2013 paper cutouts on wall, 2 channel video (synchronized and looped Quicktime files) silent, dimensions variable, Edition of 7, 2 APs

Walid Raad
Translator's Introduction: Pension Arts in Dubai, 2011-2013
paper cutouts on wall, 2 channel video (synchronized and looped Quicktime files)
silent, dimensions variable, Edition of 7, 2 APs

Walid Raad I want to be able to welcome my father to my house, Attributed to: Fadwa Hassoun, 2018 archival inkjet print mounted on Sintra 10 prints, each: 18 1/2 x 23 3/8 in. (47 x 59.4 cm); frame, each: 19 1/4 x 26 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (48.9 x 66.7 x 3.8 cm)

Walid Raad
I want to be able to welcome my father to my house, Attributed to: Fadwa Hassoun, 2018
archival inkjet print mounted on Sintra
10 prints, each: 18 1/2 x 23 3/8 in. (47 x 59.4 cm); frame, each: 19 1/4 x 26 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (48.9 x 66.7 x 3.8 cm)

Walid Raad Preface to the third edition_Acknowledgment (Coupe II), 2014 3D print plaster composite, paint 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 6 in. (11.4 x 19.1 x 15.2 cm), Edition of 3, 1 AP

Walid Raad
Preface to the third edition_Acknowledgment (Coupe II), 2014
3D print plaster composite, paint
4 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 6 in. (11.4 x 19.1 x 15.2 cm), Edition of 3, 1 AP

Walid Raad Notebook volume 38: Already been in a lake of fire_Plate 57-58, 1991 archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum anodized 44 x 78 1/4 in. (111.8 x 198.8 cm), Edition of 3, 1AP

Walid Raad
Notebook volume 38: Already been in a lake of fire_Plate 57-58, 1991
archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum anodized
44 x 78 1/4 in. (111.8 x 198.8 cm), Edition of 3, 1AP

Walid Raad Better be watching the clouds_XIV, 2000/2015 Pigmented inkjet print (plate 85) 36 x 24 in. (91.4 x 61 cm), Edition of 3, 2 APs

Walid Raad
Better be watching the clouds_XIV, 2000/2015
Pigmented inkjet print (plate 85)
36 x 24 in. (91.4 x 61 cm), Edition of 3, 2 APs