Better Be Watching The Clouds, 2017
Installation view Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut

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Walid Raad is an artist and 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
Better Be Watching the Clouds, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut

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

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

Walid Raad. , Carré d'Art, Musée d'art contemporain, Nîmes
Sweet Talk: Committees , University of Contemporary Art, Amherst, 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
Postface,, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg

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

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

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

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

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

A History of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art Part 1_Chapter 1: Beirut (1992-2005), Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut
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, US

<"We are Convinced" Twice, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
TAMEO, Mexico City
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Culturgest, Lisboa

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

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

Berlin, Germany - Lecture
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Beirut, Lebanon
Lecture - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
University of Illinois, USA
YORK University, Toronto

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

Kunsten Festival of Arts, Brussels


Selected Group Exhibitions


Acts of Translation, Mohammad and Mahera Abu Ghazaleh Foundation, Amman, Jordan
The Dictionary of Evil, Gangwon International Biennale, South Korea

What we know that we don't know, Kadist San fancisco
The Principe of Uncertainty, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
Ways of seeing, ARTER, Istanbul

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
Gwangju Biennale 11, South Korea
Transcultural Flux, TrAP, Oslo

Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut 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
How to (...) things did do not exist, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto
Future Light, MAK, Vienna
On remote control 1, Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich

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

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

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

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)