Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Walid Raad

We Can Make Rain but No One Came to Ask

Artists' Research Laboratory (XV CSAV)
1–22 July 2009

This workshop engaged artworks, writings, and concepts dealing with events of extreme physical, psychological, and other forms of violence. In particular, the workshop was concentrate on the philosophical, historical, political, economic, and formal assumptions that informed Walid Raad's art projects including The Atlas Group and Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Arab World, and on Jalal Toufic's concepts, especially "The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster." The focus was on artist-led presentations, film/video screenings, and readings. Moreover, participants were expected to discuss actively their current research and/or art projects, in group sessions as well as in individual meetings.

Annie Ratti
Anna Daneri
Cesare Pietroiusti
Anna Daneri
Karen Tomatis

Invited artist

Walid Raad (b. 1967, Chbanieh, Lebanon) lives and works in New York. Raad’s body of work includes installations, performance, video, photography and literary essays. His oeuvre delivers sharp analyses of the historical, political, economic, and aesthetic aspects of war. His artworks concentrate on the Lebanese wars as well as the Middle East’s rapidly burgeoning art world. Raad's recent works include The Atlas Group, a project developed between 1989 and 2004 about the contemporary history of Lebanon, with particular emphasis on the Lebanese wars of 1975 to 1991.

His work has been exhibited at Documenta 11, Kassel; The Venice Biennale; The Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Homeworks, Beirut and numerous other museums and venues in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Walid Raad is also a member of the Arab Image Foundation.

Participant artists

Rebecca Agnes
Basma Al Sharif
Luca Bolognesi
Emily Verla Bovino
Luiz Mauricio Brandão
Antonio Cataldo
Helen Dowling
Chiara Fumai
Silvia Giambrone
Eric Golo Stone
Diego Marcon
Pedro Neves Marques
Mariagiovanna Nuzzi
Minna Öberg
Ivor Shearer
Giulio Squillacciotti
Dan Starling
Arianna Vanini
Andrew Varano
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Walid Raad

Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Art in the Arab World, Part I _ Volume 1 _ Chapter 1: Beirut

3 July–30 August 2009

Corso Aperto

4 July 2009

A Camel Is a Horse Designed by a Committee (Attempts at Rewriting the Wor(l)d)

16 October–8 November 2009


Walid Raad

Out of print

A Horse is a Camel Designed by a Commettee


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