LECTUREOct 21, 2009
Location: Department of Art and Art History Auditorium, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Speaker: Walid Raad, Artist-in-Residence
Internationally acclaimed artist Walid Raad’s works include textual analysis, video, and photography projects, which concentrate on the Lebanese civil wars, the Arab-Israeli conflicts, and documentary theory and practice. His video works include Up To the South (with Jayce Salloum), and the recently completed collection of video shorts titled, The Dead Weight of Quarrel Hangs. His photography projects include The Beirut Archive an ongoing documentary photography project of post-civil war Beirut. Raad’s photographic work adder
sses the relationship between official national histories of Lebanon and international media fantasies about the Middle East. His most widely recognized project is The Atlas Group. Over a fifteen year period, between 1989 and 2004, he developed a fictitious group of scholars and developed a fake archive of historical documents culled from media sources that relate to the Lebanese wars of 1975 and 1991. Raad was Artist-in-Residence at Shangri La from October 1-25, 2009.
Co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii’s Visiting Art and Scholar Program with additional support from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts