Atlas Group/Walid Raad

Sfeir-Semler Gallery | Hamburg

Writing history is never easy. Especially if you come from Lebanon, whose history has been recorded mostly from a Western perspective. Atlas Group/Walid Raad has already essayed a new take on it: the attempt to investigate present-day Lebanon from the perspective of an artistic-historical convergence, through invented documents combined with real ones and the persona of the fictive historian Dr. Fadl Fakhouri. Thus, differentiating between the real and the invented, the authentic and the imaginary, in Raad’s work only marginally addresses its point, for in this difference appears but the “false binary of fiction and nonfiction,” according to Raad. Of course, he does work with that antithesis, but in the knowledge that no historical essence may be won from it. The real could always be the fictive, or vice versa.

My Neck Is Thinner Than a Hair is a piece begun by Raad in 2001 and not expected

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