FFF5 | Walid Raad

Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead

Onassis Fast Forward Festival 5–Athens

11-15 MAY 2018
18:00 & 20:30
Exhibition Hall
75 minutes
In English
A hybrid spectacle, a fusion of an exhibition, a peripatetic performance and a lecture on art and culture as eternal victims of violent practices. Walid Raad, one of the most influential artists of the contemporary scene, acts as our guide.
OCC's Friends & General Presale: from 19 APR 2018, 12:00
Full price: 10 €
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In an exhibition and a number of walk-throughs, the internationally renowned artist Walid Raad proposes artworks and stories, drawing from extensive research and documentation, on a variety of issues: World War I, Islamic art, the building of new infrastructures for the arts in the Arab world, financial scandals, the skyscraper index, historical personalities, the study of color and much more.

Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead is a report on how art and culture are affected by a history of violence. Raad zooms in on the concepts of "dead" and "un-dead" spread by war but as well as museums. By means of the most divergent artefacts and motives he weaves a story that both deals with the waves of violence from the Middle East to the Westhoek and the foundation of new museums in the Arab world, such as the recently built branch of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi.

Walid Raad already had exhibitions at the Louvre and MoMA and was recently chosen as one of the most influential thinkers of 2016 by Foreign Policy.


From and with Walid Raad
Project management: Celesta Rottiers  
Technical direction: Herman Sorgeloos
Translation into Greek: Vassilis Douvitsas
Line Production on behalf of the OCC: Dimitra Bouzani
Co-produced by steirischer herbst in Graz (Graz, Austria), Art Center Buda in Kortrijk for Gone West - NEXT Festival (Kortrijk, Belgium), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Onassis Culture/FFF, Festival d’Automne (Paris).
Support by Sfeir-Semler Gallery (Hamburg/Beirut), Paula Cooper Gallery (New York). 
Thanks to Jack V Sturiano, Marcella Lista, Belal Hibri, SITU Studio, Christopher Kissoon, Raphael Fleuriet, Karolien Derwael.

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Walid Raad is an artist and a Professor of Art in The Cooper Union (New York, USA). Raad’s works include The Atlas Group, a fifteen-year project between 1989 and 2004 about the contemporary history of Lebanon, and the ongoing projects Scratching on Things I Could Disavow and Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut). His books include Walkthrough, The Truth Will Be Known When The Last Witness Is Dead, My Neck Is Thinner Than A Hair, Let’s Be Honest The Weather Helped, and Scratching on Things I Could Disavow.

Raad’s solo exhibitions include the Louvre (Paris), The Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), ICA (Boston, USA), Museo Jumex (Mexico City, Mexico), Kunsthalle Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland), The Whitechapel Art Gallery (London, UK), Festival d’Automne (Paris, France), Kunsten Festival des Arts (Brussels, Belgium), The Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, Germany).  His works have also been shown in Documenta 11 and 13 (Kassel, Germany), The Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy), Whitney Bienniale 2000 and 2002 (New York, USA), Sao Paulo Bienale (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Istanbul Biennal (Istanbul, Turkey), Homeworks I and III (Beirut, Lebanon) and numerous other museums, biennales and venues in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. 
Raad is also the recipient of the ICP Infinity Award (2016), the Hasselblad Award (2011), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2007), the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2007), the Camera Austria Award (2005), a Rockefeller Fellowship (2003), among other grants, prizes and awards.

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