Walid Raad

Walid Raad/The Atlas Group

My Neck Is Thinner Than A Hair: A History of the Car Bomb in the 1975–91 Lebanese Wars—Volume 1: January 21, 1986

Co-presented with the Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series of the CalArts School of Art.

By: The Atlas Group in collaboration with Tony Chakar, Bilal Khbeiz, Walid Raad

This multimedia presentation/performance by Alpert Award-winning artist Walid Raad examines the events, experiences, forms, objects and effects that surrounded the explosion of a car bomb on January 21, 1986, in the Furn Ech Chubak area of Beirut. This work is one segment of a wider historical study by Raad and The Atlas Group documenting the detonation of more than 3,600 car bombs during the 1975–91 wars across Lebanon.

The Atlas Group was a project undertaken by Walid Raad between 1989 and 2004 to research and document the contemporary history of Lebanon, with particular emphasis on the wars of 1975 to 1990. Raad found and produced audio, visual, and literary documents that shed light on this history. The documents were preserved in The Atlas Group Archive which is located in Beirut and New York.

Raad received his B.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his M.A. and PhD. from the University of Rochester in Rochester. He has had exhibitions at Migros Museum fur Gengenwartskunst, Zurich; Hamburger Banhof, Berlin; The Kitchen, New York; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; 50th Venice Biennale; Witte de With, Rotterdamn; Documenta 11, Kassel; and the 2000 Whitney Biennal. Raad is the recipient of the 2007 Herb Alpert Award. He lives and works in Beirut and New York.

Funded in part by a generous grant from The Herb Alpert Foundation.

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