Walid Raad: Let’s Be Honest, the Weather Helped
Walid Raad, Fredrik Liew, Maria Minera
Stedelijk Museuum Amsterdam, Moderna Museet Stockholm & Roma Publications, 2020
Richly illustrated catalog on the occasion of the exhibition Walid Raad – Let’s be honest, the weather helped, organized by Moderna Museet, Stockholm (February 15 – May 10 2020), and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (May 15 – October 13 2019). Besides installation views, the book includes illustrated text contributions by Fredrik Liew and Maria Minera, and a script of Raad’s entire 75-minute performance/walktrough Kicking the Dead and/or Les Louvres that accompies the exhibition.
Walid Raad engages in how violence affects bodies, minds, culture and tradition. In his works, Raad proceeds from historical events to imagine seemingly ludicrous, bizarre, and wondrous situations and documents. The projects are closely linked to his experiences of growing up in Beirut during the civil war in Lebanon, moving to New York, and being an artist in a globally expansive art world.