artist. He uses installations, texts, performances and works on paper to explore the various truths of a story—possible, imaginable, and metaphoric- rather than the stricter measures of truth and fiction.
Walkthrough documents the results of Walid Raad’s summer school at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in
Italy, looking at his work as an exhibition of objects, stories, and documents, a mixture of fact-based
research with poetic reflections on colors, lines and shapes, accompanied by a series of ‘walkthrough’ tours
led by the artist. One of the pieces featured, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, is a series of one-hour
‘walkthroughs’ for visitors guided by the artist through his installation of miniature artworks. The project revolves around the art history of the Arab world, its present and its future, and oscillates between fact and
fiction, documentation and interpretation. Scratching on Things I Could Disavow is to some extent a
research project that focuses on three areas—technological innovations in finance and their manifestations
in art funds; the conditions for contemporary art in the Gulf region; the third concern is the effect that
certain wars have had on culture and tradition, both materially and immaterially.
Walkthrough is a significant contribution to the understanding of Walid Raad’s creative process and looks at the collaborative nature of the workshops and the collective narrative that is created by his ‘walkthrough’
installations and as such provides an invaluable resource for students, curators and artists alike.
2014; paperback; 96 pages; $25
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