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The Atlas Group (Walid Ra’ad)

Born, 1967 in Chbanieh, Lebanon

From the archived Documenta 11 website: www.documenta12.de//archiv/d11/data/english/index.html

“The Atlas Group was founded in 1999 in New York, USA, by Walid Ra’ad. The Atlas Group is an imaginary foundation whose objective is to research and document Lebanon’s contemporary history. The Atlas Group’s archives include a variety of different materials, among them notebooks belonging to the Lebanese historian Fadl Fakhouri, videos of the former hostage Souheil Bachar and of Zainab Hilw, the victim of a car bombing, as well as a number of anonymous documents. The horrors of the civil wars in Lebanon “ stretched over nearly two decades from 1975 to 1991 “ throb dully, omnipresent in each of The Atlas Group’s member’s discourses and images, yet are never manifested as such in any of the various materials of the archive. Ra’ad’s aim is to compose an archive of a fictional nature that at once criticizes the feigned objectivity of historical discourse and dismantles the supposed autonomy of artistic work.”

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