#BPF / Pedro Ramos – Walid Raad

My first acquaintance with Walid Raad’s work happened early in the summer of 2009 at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.

To this date, The Atlas Group (1989-2004) A Project by Walid Raad remains the most interesting, compelling and intelligently put together show that I’ve witnessed.

Raad (b.1967) is a Lebanese artist residing in New York and credited as the founder of The Atlas Group, a fictional collective comprised of works that he produces himself but sometimes attributes to other individuals.

Through the use of documentary photography, archives and history he developed innovative methods to approach war imagery as well as using art to better communicate the political and social conflicts that for years troubled his own country.

In a sea of photographic clichés and conventions I find myself going back to his work often. I like the way it developed independently, oblivious to the ever expanding homogeneity in the art world whilst maintaning the aesthetic allure that is inherent to beautifully produced works of art.

I recommend trying to find some of his books. I think they’re the best way to get some insight into his work and understand its genius. He has been granted the Hasselblad Award this year, so keep an eye out for his forthcoming book with Steidl…

 

from Civilizationally, we do not dig holes to bury ourselves.

from We decided to let them say, “we are convinced,” twice. 

from We decided to let them say, “we are convinced,” twice.

from Secrets in the Open Sea

from Secrets in the Open Sea

from We decided to let them say, “we are convinced,” twice.
from My Neck Is Thinner Than a Hair: A History of Car Bombs in the Lebanese Wars
from I might die before I get a rifle.
from I might die before I get a rifle.
from Scratching on things I could disavow.
from Let’s be honest, the weather helped.
from Sweet Talk or a Beirut Photographic Archive

 

 Walid Raad – The Atlas Group / Paula Cooper Gallery