“How can fiction replace reality?” with Walid Raad, The Cooper Union, New York

Preface to the third edition (edition française), 2013, © Walid Raad
  • Lecture
Thursday, February 9, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Isabel Bader theatre, 93 Charles Street West

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“How can fiction replace reality?” will explore the role of narrative constructions in our understanding of reality and the arguably false dyads of truth and fiction; nature and culture; authenticity and corruption.

Moderated by Charles Stankievech, Director of the Visual Studies program at the Daniels Faculty.

Walid Raad is an artist and a Professor of Art in The Cooper Union (New York, USA). Raad’s works include The Atlas Group, a fifteen-year project between 1989 and 2004 about the contemporary history of Lebanon, and the ongoing projects Scratching on Things I Could Disavow and Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut). His books include Walkthrough, The Truth Will Be Known When The Last Witness Is Dead, My Neck Is Thinner Than A Hair, Let’s Be Honest The Weather Helped, and Scratching on Things I Could Disavow.

Raad’s solo exhibitions include the Louvre (Paris), The Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), Kunsthalle Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland), The Whitechapel Art Gallery (London, UK), Festival d’Automne (Paris, France), Kunsten Festival des Arts (Brussels, Belgium), The Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, Germany). His works have also been shown in Documenta 11 and 13 (Kassel, Germany), The Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy), Whitney Bienniale 2000 and 2002 (New York, USA), Sao Paulo Bienale (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Istanbul Biennal (Istanbul, Turkey), Homeworks I and III (Beirut, Lebanon) and numerous other museums, biennales and venues in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. 

Raad is also the recipient of the ICP Infinity Award (2016), the Hasselblad Award (2011), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2007), the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2007), the Camera Austria Award (2005), a Rockefeller Fellowship (2003), among other grants, prizes and awards. 

Raad is also a member of the Home Workspace Program in Beirut and The Gulf Labor Coalition. 

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www.scratchingonthings.com
www.theatlasgroup.org www.sfeir-semler.com
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www.ashkalalwan.org/about-hwp-study-program/
www.gulflabor.org