Thursday, February 24, 2005

Walid Raad / The Atlas Group

California College of the Arts

A Co-Presentation with CCA Graduate Lecture Series and Graduate Studies

Walid Raad, (a.k.a. the Atlas Group), is one of the most widely acclaimed artists from the Arab world. Fusing fact and fiction, Raad creates idiosyncratic political art in the form of simulated documents and archival materials, along with videos, collages and performance pieces-some in the guise of academic lectures. Whether focused on car bombs, horseraces or hostages, his often ironic work explores the ways that film, video and photography represent physical and psychological violence in contemporary Lebanese life. Featured in Documenta 11 and IN TRANSIT 03, Raad is a faculty member at Cooper Union. Cinematheque screened Raad’s Hostage: The Bachar Tapes in 2001.