November 5, 2007
Contemporary art lecture
to feature Walid Raad
Internationally prominent artist Walid Raad’s mixed-media installations, videos, photographs, performances and literary essays explore the experiences and representations of war and the contemporary history of Lebanon. He is well-known for The Atlas Group, a 15-year project that enlists a fictional universe to explore some of the social, cultural, political and psychological effects of the Lebanese wars of 1975 to 1991.
Born in Lebanon, Raad moved from Beirut to Boston as a teenager, and now lives in New York. His formative years were those of the Lebanese wars, which he describes as events that have “conditioned who I am, how I feel, think and move in the world.” His work has been presented in numerous museums and other institutions in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Raad is an associate professor of art at The Cooper Union, and a member of the Arab Image Foundation.
Three films, “Hostage: The Bachar”; “The Dead Weight of a Quarrel Hangs”; and “Talaeen a Junuub (Up to the South)” will be screened on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. in White Hall 206. The screening sets the stage for the artist’s talk on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in White Hall 208.
Free and open to the public, the events are co-sponsored by the Marian K. Heilbrun Music and Media Library and Art Papers Live. For more information, go to www.artpapers.org/special_events/live.htm