Artist Talk by AAA Resident Walid Raad
Walid Raad is visiting Hong Kong as part of Asia Art Archive’s 2014 residency programme. During 21-28 September, Raad will meet with various individuals, organisations and institutions in Hong Kong to extend his research interests.
Raad’s residency will also include an artist talk on 23 September. In his talk, Walid Raad will introduce his two ongoing, long-term projects. In The Atlas Group (1989-2004), Raad explores various historical and imaginary episodes from the Lebanese wars of the past few decades. In Scratching on Things I Could Disavow (2007-present), Raad focuses on the history of Islamic, modern and contemporary Arab Art, and the growing infrastructures for the arts emerging in Arab cities such as Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Beirut.
Walid Raad is an artist and an Associate Professor of Art at the Cooper Union, New York. Raad’s works include The Atlas Group, a fifteen-year project between 1989 and 2004 about the contemporary history of Lebanon, and ongoing projects Scratching on Things I Could Disavow and Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut). His books include The Truth Will Be Known When The Last Witness Is Dead; My Neck is Thinner than a Hair; Let’s Be Honest, the Weather Helped; and Scratching on Things I Could Disavow.
Raad’s works have been shown in the Louvre, Paris; Documenta 11 and 13, Kassel, Germany; Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK; the Venice Biennale, Italy; the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany; Homeworks, Beirut, Lebanon; and other museums and venues throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.
Raad is the recipient of the Hasselblad Award (2011); Guggenheim Fellowship (2009); Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2007); Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2007); and Camera Austria Award (2005).
Walid Raad's artist talk is presented in partnership with Spring Workshop.