Installation view Walid Raad, The Museum of Modern Art, October 12, 2015-January 31, 2016.

Walid Raad
MoMA Installation View 2015
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Walid Raad is an artist and associate professor of art at The Cooper Union (New York, USA). Raad's works include The Atlas Group, a fifteen year project between 1989 and 2004 about the contemporary history of Lebanon, and the ongoing projects. His books include The Truth Will Be When The Last Witness is Dead, My Neck Is Thinner, and the Scratching on Things I Could Disavow.



Born Chbanieh, Lebanon  

University of Rochester, Ph.D. In Cultural and Visual Studies. Rochester, NY 

University of Rochester, MA in Cultural and Visual Studies. Rochester, NY  

Rochester Institute of Technology, Undergraduate Education, Fine Arts (Photography), Rochester, NY 

Boston University
Education Harvard University
Professor, Cooper Union, New York 



Selected solo Exhibitions


Yet Another Letter to the Reader , Fondazione Volume !, Italy

Walid Raad , The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, USA
Walid Raad , Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
Letter to the Reader,The Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA
Those did are near. Those that are far. SITU Studio at Stomein Synagogue, Germany

Walid Raad , Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States of America
Walid Raad. Postface , Museo MADRE, Napoli, Italy
Screening Beirut: The Sea in the City , Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon

Walid Raad. Preface , Carré d'Art, Musée d'art contemporain, Nîmes, France
Sweet Talk: Committees , University of Contemporary Art, Amherst, MA, USA
Scratching on Things I Could Disappear: A History of Art in the Arab World , Sao Paulo, Brazil
Walid Raad. Preface to the First English Edition , Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK
Postface,Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Art Basel Unlimited. Views from Outer to Inner Compartments , Basel, Switzerland
Walid Raad. Preface to the First Edition , Louvre, Paris, France

Scratching on Things I Could Disavow , Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Walid Raad - Hasselblad Award 2011, Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden
Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Art in the Arab World , TB A21, Vienna, Austria

Miraculous Beginnings , Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK / Picturemuseet, Umea, Sweden / Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland
SweetTalk: Comissions (Beirut), Camera Austria

Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Art in the Arab World , Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Art in the Arab World Part 1: Beirut (1992-2005),Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA
The Atlas Group (1989-2004) , Müso Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Art in The Arab World Part 1: Beirut (1992-2005 ), Gallery REDCAT, Los Angeles, USA

A History of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art Part 1_Chapter 1: Beirut (1992-2005) , Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
I might The Before I Get A Rifle , Kunstverein Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
We Can Make Rain But No One Came To Ask , Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, United States

"We are Convinced" Twice , Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA
TAMEO, Mexico City, Mexico
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington, United States
Culturgest, Lisboa, Portugal

Walid Raad , Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
The Atlas Group (1989-2004): A Project by Walid Raad, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
The Dead Weight of a Quarrel Hangs, The Kitchen, New York, USA
We Can Make it Rain, But No One Came to Ask, Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal, Canada
We Decided to Let Them Say "We Are Convinced" Twice , Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA

Walid Raad, Museum for Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
I was overcome with a momentary panic, Agnes Etherington Gallery, Kingston, Canada
We are fair people, we never speak well of one another, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK
Funny, how thin The Line Is: Documents from the Atlas Group Archives, FACT, Liverpool, Uk
I have a great desire to meet the masses once again, HomeWorks III, Beirut, Lebanon

Berlin, Germany - Lecture
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France - Lecture Centre Pompidou,
Beirut, Lebanon
- Lecture
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
University of Illinois, USA
YORK University, Toronto, Canada
The Prefect institutions Tornoto, Canada

La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec, France
World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Laokoon 2003 , Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

Kunsten Festival of Arts, Brussels, Belgium


Selected Group Exhibitions


Nothing but blue skies , Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles
Between Myth and Fright. The Mediterranean as conflict , the Valencia Institute of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain
The Time is Out of Joint , Asia Culture Institute, Gwangju, South Korea
Transcultural Flux , Trap, Oslo, Norway

Gallery 3010 , Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon The
Republic of Art-Frensh Regional Collection of Contemporary Art , Van Abbemuseum, Endhoven, The Netherlands
Istanbul Biennial 14, Istanbul, Turkey
Too early, too late , Pinacoteca Nazionale Bologna, Italy
How to (...) things did do not exist , Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal
Future Light , MAK, Vienna, Austria
On remote control 1 , Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich, Germany

Marrakech Biennial 5, Marrakech, Morocco
Here and Elsewhere , New Museum, New York, USA

In progress Works from the MUMOK Collection , MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
HomeWorks 6, Beirut, Lebanon Aichi Tiennale , Aichi, Japan Homworks 6 , Beirut, Lebanon A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial , International Center of Photography, New York, USA REALITY AND Fiction , Villa Schöningen, Potsdam, Germany Neue Galerie - newly lakes , Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany Views from Outer to Inner compartments , Art Basel Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland Document , Peninsula Arts, Devon, UK

DOCUMENTA (13) , Kassel, Germany
The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook , Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA  Strangers everywhere , Jewish Museum Vienna, Austria Looking Back for the Future , Zurich Kunsthalle, Swizerland Ray: Making History , MMK Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA Lingering value? Durability and decay of critical publicity. Cooperation "springerin" , Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria

Atlas. How to carry the world on one's back? Falkenberg Collection, Hamburg, Germany
The Uncanny Familiar. Films from the terror / film on Terror , c / o Berlin, Germany
Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies , Tensta Konsthall, Spanga, Sweden
Miraculous, Religion and Science from the 4th Century to the Present , Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany; Art Festival Krems, Austria
Wild Sky , Edith Russ Site for
Media Art , Oldenburg, Germany
10th Sharjah Biennial, UAE
The louminous Interval , Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
Art Festival of the Arts / Hall of the Schaerbeck, Brussels, Belgium
Vienna Festival / Thyssen - Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

Festival d'Automne, Paris, France
Told-Untold-Retold , Mathaf, Qatar
Anything else? , Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria

Dream and reality , the Zentrum Paul Klee Bern, Switzerland Taswir - Islamic imagery and contemporary , Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany Darkside 2 - Photographic Power , Fotomuseum Winterthus, Switzerland

Masarat, Bruxelles
Art Now in Lebanon , Amman, Jordan
Statens Museum for Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, United States
Eclats de frontières , Frac Provence-Alpes, Cote d'Azur, France
Lügen.nirgends , United States
Car Culture , Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Phoenix, USA

Cross-Border , Kunstmuseum Stuttgart Research and Invention , Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland EXIT , San Sebastian, Spain SYSTEM ERROR , Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy

Sydney Biennale
under the same sky , Det Native
Camera , San Francisco, United States
Nineteen days of Looking , MOMA, New York, United States
Ah, les belles images! , La Tôlerie, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Snafu , Kunstallee Hamburg, Germany
Maison des Arts de Malakoff, Paris, France

Flight 405 , Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg and Beirut
Kunstverein Bregenz
Art and Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada

Photo España, Madrid, Spain
Venice Biennale, Italy
PhotoTriennale, Esslingen, Germany
Taipei Biennial, Taiwan
Ethnic Marketing , Center d'Art Contemporain Genève, Switzerland

Mapping Sitting Exhibition , VideoBrasil, S & atildeo Paolo, Brasil
Witness , Barbican Art Galleries, London, UK
The Cartographer's Longing , Kunstverein Hannover, Germany

Documenta 11 , Kassel, Germany
Contemporary Arab Representation , Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, USA
Fondacio Tapies, Barcelona, Spain
What A Tales of Images , Memling Museum, Bruges, Belgium <br/> Atlanta Center For the Arts, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Photography Collection / SK Foundation Culture, Cologne, Germany
Palais de Beaux Arts, Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels, Belgium

Vienna Festival, Vienna, Austria

KunstWerke, Berlin, Germany
The Loudest Mothering Is Over: Documents from The Atlas Group Archive, Kunsten Festival de Arts, Brussels, Belgium


Works in public collections:


MOMA, Museum Of Modern Art, New York; Kunsthalle Hamburg, Gallery of the Contemporary, Hamburg; FNAC, Center National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland; TATE Modern, London, Great Britain; Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt / Main, Germany; MUMOK, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria; FRAC Languedoc Roussillon, Montpellier, France; Museum of Contemporary Art, Athena, Greece; Center National
d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; IFEMA, Madrid, Spain; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany.


Prizes and Awards


Infinity Award: Art

Hasselblad Award

The Alpert Award in the Arts (First Prize)
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (First Prize)

Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival (First Prize)
Vidarte 2002 Festival, Mexico City, Mexico (First Prize)
Oneiras Film and Video Festival, Lisboa, Portugal (First Prize)
Media Arts Awards, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (Special Prize)
Black Maria Festival (Juror Citation Award)

Video Ex, Zurich, Switzerland (First Prize)
Film and VideoFest, Germany (Rhineland Award)

San Francisco International Film Festival, USA (Certificate of Merit)
5th Biennial of Arab Cinemas, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (Special Jury Prize)

8th Biennial of the Moving Image, Switzerland (Grand Prize)
Beirut Film Festival, Beirut, Lebanon (Best Short Film and Best Scenario for a Short Film)