Exhibition Dates: February 19th – April 25th , 2011
Visiting address: Gammlia, Umeå
Postal address: Umeå University, SE- 901 87, SWEDEN
Phone: +46-(0)90-786 52 27
Fax: +46-(0)90-786 77 33
Walid Raad was born in Lebanon and came to the United States as a teenager during 1983 but his work has always been directly linked to his formative years in Beirut, more specifically the Lebanese civil war (1975–90). Raad’s photographs, videos, and collages illuminate the impossibility of capturing history.
The exhibition includes work that grew out of Raad’s project, The Atlas Group (1989 – 2004), which “was established to research and document the contemporary history of Lebanon.” The Atlas Group series Sweet Talk: Commissions (1992-2004/2004), photographic prints of changing building facades in Beirut, was featured in Aperture magazine 198, Spring 2010 and We Decided to Let Them Say ‘We Are Convinced’ Twice was published in PHOTOart: Photography in the 21st Century (Aperture).
Walid Raad: Miraculous Beginnings is curated by Achim Borchardt-Hume, Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition is a collaboration between Whitechapel Gallery and Bildmuseet, Umeå University.