The Unreliable Narrator

The Lebanese artist Walid Raad’s artworks make complex fictions about the relationships between art, war history, and politics.

Image from Walid Raad’s exhibition Let’s Be Honest, the Weather Helped, on display at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)

In 1984, living in Lebanon at the height of a devastating civil war, the artist was beginning his career as a photographer. Israel had withdrawn from around Beirut to more southerly positions, opening up space for conflict between Christian and Druze militias in the Chouf district. By February 1984 the Lebanese Armed Forces, which had been […]

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