Walid RAAD

At Media City Seoul 2010

Hostage: The Bachar Tapes (English version) (2000-2002); I Only Wish That I Could Weep (2000)


Seoul Museum of Art, Gallery 1-F

Artist Profile

Born 1967; Lives and works in New York

Walid Raad’s Atlas Group (1989-2004) examines the social, political, psychological and aesthetic dimensions of the Lebanese wars through the collection, organization and production of archival documentation. Set up as an archive that includes notebooks, films, videotapes and other objects, Raad’s Atlas Group destabilizes the tenuous boundaries of objectivity and truth.

Presented in this exhibition are Hostage: The Bachar Tapes (English Version), a documentary about Souheil Bachar, the only Arab kidnapped with five Western hostages in Beirut in 1985, and I Only Wish That I Could Weep, a video found in the camera of a secret agent (Operator #17) who was posted on a beach road in Beirut to watch for terrorists. Replacing unified power with a fragmented collective, Raad’s project unfolds along a line entangled in fact and fiction. Rather than a strenuous investigation of truth, it is a suggestion for a new approach to seeing the truth, provoking the viewer’s imagination independent of fixed ideologies.


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