Sunday, 13 March 2011

Walid Raad - 2011 Hasselblad Award Winner

Walid Raad, has been awarded the 2011 Hasselblad Award. The Foundation’s citation regarding the decision to award the 2011 prize to Walid Raad is as follows:

“Walid Raad is one of the most original and singular contemporary artists using photography. He has been widely acclaimed for his project “The Atlas Group”, in which Raad generated original ideas about the relationship between documentary photography, archive and history. In order to document and investigate Lebanon’s contemporary history, Raad developed innovative methods of approaching the imagery of war and the way political and social conflict can be explored in art. Through Raad’s work we are able to question the traditional iconography of war photography and speculate productively on visuality, memory and violence.”

And what a worthy winner he is. Read more here:

Image above; WALID RAAD / THE ATLAS GROUP Let’s Be Honest, The Weather Helped (Iraq), 1984-2007 © Walid Raad. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut & Hamburg, Anthony Reynold Gall

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