Born in 1967 in Chbanieh (Lebanon), Walid Raad studied visual arts at the Universities of Rochester and Boston. Resident in New York with sporadic trips to Beirut, he teaches at Cooper Union in Manhattan. With work focusing on the contemporary history of the Arab world, particularly Lebanon and the periods of military conflict between 1975 and 1991, his projects include installations, performances, video, photography and literary essay. With long-term projects such as The Atlas Group, conducted between 1999 and 2004, and History of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art, he often addresses the representation of traumatic events of collective history.
His books of essays include The Truth Will Be Known When The Last Witness Is Dead, My Neck Is Thinner Than A Hair and Let’s Be Honest, The Weather Helped. He is a member of the Arab Image Foundation, created in 1996 to promote historical research of visual culture in the Arab world.
Since 2000, his works have been seen in important international centres such as Documenta in Kassel, Germany (2002 and 2012), and the Biennales of Venice (2004), Taipei (2004), and Sydney (2006). He has had solo exhibitions at the National Galerie im Hamburger Bahnhof , Berlin (2006), Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010), Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg (2011), Museum of art contemporain, Nimes (2014), and numerous museums in Europe, the Middle East and North America. His work is included in several collections, including MoMA, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Guggenheim Museum, New York, British Museum, London, Tate Modern, London, Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris, National Galerie, Berlin and MACBA, Barcelona.
The objects are intended to have the objective character of industrial products. They are not intended to represent anything other than what they are. The previous categorization of the arts no longer exists.