Beirut

Walid Raad

Galerie Sfeir-Semler

Since 1999, the Lebanese artist Walid Raad has been better known as his collective alter ego the Atlas Group, an imaginary, anonymous research foundation in whose name he has produced an intricate series of videos, installations, and performances. This fictional entity has been devoted to an accounting of Lebanon’s contemporary history, maintaining an archive of notebooks, photographs, videotapes, films and other materials supposedly culled from the country’s visual culture. Raad’s work with the Atlas Group has delved into episodes from Lebanon’s long history of civil wars (always plural, never singular in Raad’s formulations) and specifically into the occurrence of car bomb explosions that rip through this tiny corner of the Levant with alarming frequency.

Raad’s first solo exhibition in the Middle East is titled “A History of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art: Part I_Chapter 1_Beirut (

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