Walid Raad: Artist Talk

Image of an installation of bright colored rectangular pieces against a white background and a sculptural model on the floor.

Walkthrough (2017), installation view. photo / © Moritz Bernoully

Walid Raad is an artist and professor of art at The Cooper Union. Raad's works include The Atlas Group, a 15-year project from 1989 to 2004 about the contemporary history of Lebanon; and the ongoing projects Scratching on Things I Could Disavow and Sweet Talk: Commissions in Beirut. His books include Walkthrough, 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 has had solo exhibitions at the Louvre in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Museo Jumex in Mexico City, Kunsthalle Zurich, The Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, Festival d'Automne in Paris, Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels, and the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, among others. His works have also been shown in Documenta 11 and 13 in Kassel, Germany; the Venice Biennale; the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York City; São Paulo Biennial; Istanbul Biennial; Homeworks I and III in Beirut, Lebanon; and numerous other museums, biennials, and venues in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas.

Raad is also the recipient of the ICP Infinity Award in 2016, the Hasselblad Award in 2011, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009, the Alpert Award in Visual Arts in 2007, the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2007, the Camera Austria Award in 2005, and a Rockefeller Fellowship in 2003, among other grants, prizes, and awards.

Cosponsored by Society for the Humanities and supported by the Tenaglia family.