Walid Raad |1967 , Born in Chbanieh, Lebanon

Originally from Lebanon, Walid Raad graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York in 1989 before continuing his education at the University of Rochester, taking a course in Cultural and Visual Studies between 1993 and 1996. At the same time, he was involved in setting up the Atlas Group, a fictional collective based in New York producing, keeping and studying documents on contemporary Lebanon. The artist is also a member of AIF (Arab Image Foundation), an institution set up in Beirut in 1997 to collect and promote a visual heritage of the Middle East, North Africa and the wider Arab community.

It is therefore logical that his work should focus on the history of his country, using different media: photography, texts and videos that are sometimes historical. Walid Raad is currently Associate Professor of Art at the Cooper Union in New York and has taken part in two editions of Documenta XI in 2002 and 2012, and in the Whitney Biennale in 2000 and 2002.

  • Notebook Volume 72 : Missing Lebanese Wars 2004