Already Been in a Lake of Fire, Plate 64
38 x 24 inches
Already Been in a Lake of Fire Series
BIO: Walid Raad is an artist and an associate professor of art at The Cooper Union. Raad’s works include The Atlas Group, a fifteen-year project (1989-2004) about the contemporary history of Lebanon, and the ongoing projects Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Art in the Arab World, and Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut). Raad’s works have been shown internationally at many venues including Kunsthalle Zurich, The Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Documenta 11 (Kassel, Germany), The Venice Biennale, The Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), Homeworks (Beirut, Lebanon). Raad is the recipient of the Hasselblad Award (2011), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2007), the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2007), and the Camera Austria Award (2005). A retrospective of his work was organized by the Museum of Modern Art in 2015. www.theatlasgroup.org
STATEMENT: This piece is taken from one of the many works that have been collected and organized into The Atlas Group Archive. “This notebook contains 145 cutout photographs of cars. They correspond to the exact make, model, and color of every car that was used as a car bomb during the Lebanese civil wars of 1975 to 1990. Also included on every notebook page along with the photograph is a text written in Arabic that details, among others, the time, date, and size of the explosion.” – taken from Notebook Volume 38 (Already Been in a Lake of Fire).