Synopses & Reviews
Walid Raad, is a Lebanese artist and founder of the fictional collective The Atlas Group whose work is concerned with researching, documenting and producing audio and visual installations that shed light on the contemporary history of Lebanon. Walid Raadand#8217;s work explores the line between fact and fiction and the understanding of the institution as the site of liberal truths. Raadand#8217;s body of work depicts his ambiguity as an artist. He uses installations, texts, performances and works on paper to explore the various truths of a storyand#151;possible, imaginable, and metaphoric- rather than the stricter measures of truth and fiction.
Walkthrough documents the results of Walid Raadand#8217;s summer school at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Italy, looking at his work as an exhibition of objects, stories, and documents, a mixture of fact-based research with poetic reflections on colors, lines and shapes, accompanied by a series of and#145;walkthroughand#8217; tours led by the artist. One of the pieces featured, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, is a series of one-hour and#145;walkthroughsand#8217; for visitors guided by the artist through his installation of miniature artworks. The project revolves around the art history of the Arab world, its present and its future, and oscillates between fact and fiction, documentation and interpretation. Scratching on Things I Could Disavow is to some extent a research project that focuses on three areasand#151;technological innovations in finance and their manifestations in art funds; the conditions for contemporary art in the Gulf region; the third concern is the effect that certain wars have had on culture and tradition, both materially and immaterially.
Walkthrough is a significant contribution to the understanding of Walid Raadand#8217;s creative process and looks at the collaborative nature of the workshops and the collective narrative that is created by his and#145;walkthroughand#8217; installations and as such provides an invaluable resource for students, curators and artists alike.
Walid Raad: Walkthrough narrates the workshops held at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti by contemporary Lebanese artist Walid Raad whose work is focused on the multiple narrative and the history of the Gulf region.