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What is a photographic image? Can a photograph ever tell the truth? These are some of the questions artist Walid Raad (born 1967) has been investigating for the past 20 years, in a practice that encompasses photography, film and video, sculpture, installation and performance. This publication brings together three major bodies of work: the photographic and video works produced under the fictional collective name The Atlas Group; various series of seemingly "straight" photography of his native Beirut titled Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut); and his most recent project, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Art in the Arab World. The publication includes an exchange between the artist and curator Achim Borchardt-Hume; an essay on conceptions of truth by poet and writer Alan Gilbert; a text on Raad's use of photography and its ties to Beirut by Blake Stimson; and an essay by Helene Chouteau-Matikian.

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ISBN-13: 9780854881857
Publisher: Whitechapel Gallery
Publication date: 02/28/2011
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Eva Respini is the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and former Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Stuart Comer is the Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA.

Barry Flood is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Humanities at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

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