Galerie Sfeir-Semler

Walid Raad

(Lebanese, b. 1967)

introduction_plate 12 by walid raad

Walid Raad

Introduction_Plate 12, 2014

preface to the seventh edition_v by walid raad

Walid Raad

Preface to the Seventh Edition_V, 2012

preface to the third edition (édition française)_plate i by walid raad

Walid Raad

Preface to the third edition (Édition française)_Plate I, 2013

preface to the third edition_acknowledgements_panneau by walid raad

Walid Raad

Preface to the third edition_Acknowledgements_Panneau, 2014

scratching on things i could disavow: a history of art in the arab world: preface to the fifth edition i by walid raad

Walid Raad

Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Art in the Arab World: Preface to the fifth edition I, 2012



Born in Chbanieh, Lebanon
1984 - 1985
Boston University
1985 - 1989
Rochester Institute of Technology, Undergraduate Education, Fine Arts (Photography), Rochester, NY
University of Rochester, MA in Cultural and Visual Studies. Rochester, NY
University of Rochester, Ph.D. in Cultural and Visual Studies. Rochester, NY
New England Film and Video Festival, Boston, MA (Best Conceptual Innovation Award)
Missouri Video Festival, St. Louis, MO (Award of Accomplishment Experimental)
The Atlas Group was founded in New York, USA by Walid Raad as an imaginary foundation to research and document the contemporary history of Lebanon. The Atlas Group documents are organized and preserved in The Atlas Group Archive. The archive contains authored, found, and newly produced files.
8th Biennial of the Moving Image, Switzerland (Grand Prize)
Beirut Film Festival, Beirut, Lebanon (Best Short Film and Best Scenario for a Short Film)


Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Sweet Talk: Commissions, University of Contemporary Art, Amherst, MA, USA (solo)
Walid Raad, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, United Kingdom (solo)
Marrakech Biennial 5, Marrakech, Morocco (group)
Walid Raad - Preface to the First EditionLouvre, Paris, France (solo)
Neue Galerie – neu gesehen, Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany
REALITÄT UND FIKTION, Villa Schöningen, Potsdam, Germany
A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial, International Center of Photography, New York
Views from Outer to Inner Compartments, Basel Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
in progress. Werl aus der mumok Sammlung, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria

Public Collections

IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
MOMA, Museum Of Modern Art, New York, USA
Kunsthalle Hamburg, Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburg, Germany
FNAC, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
TATE Modern, London, United Kingdom
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
FRAC Languedoc Roussillon, Montpellier, France
Museum of Contemporary Art, Athena, Greece


Ben Davis, ‘Walid Raad on Why the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Must Be Built On a Foundation of Workers’ Rights’,, 16 June
Yulia Tikhonova, ‘Walid Raad’, Flash Art, March – April
Kathy Battista, ‘A Look at The Hugo Boss Prize 2010’, Res, March
Alan Gilbert, ‘Walid Raad (Re)Invents The Archive, Aperture, Spring
Kaelen Wilson – Goldie, ‘Walid Raad: Miraculous Beginnings’, Previews, Art Forum, September
Emma Crichton-Miller, ‘Chaos Theories’, Financial Times (Collecting Supplement), 9 October
JJ Charlesworth, ‘Walid Raad: Miraculous Beginnings’, Art Review, October
Sue Steward, ‘Obsessed by Lebanon’s Past’, Evening Standard, 22 October
‘Walid Raad: Sweet Talk: Commisions (Beirut)’, Camera Austria, No 111
Alice Pfeiffer, ‘Paging Atlas Group’,, 4 November