Walid Raad

28 Jun

The following plates are attributed to Walid Raad who donated them to The Atlas Group in 1998. In the statement accompanying the donation, Raad noted:
Like many around me in Beirut in the late 1970’s, I collected bullets and shrapnel. I would run out to the streets after a night or day of shelling to remove them from walls, cars, and trees. I kept detailed notes of where I found every bullet and photographed the sites of my findings, covering the holes with dots that corresponded to the bullet’s diameter and the mesmerizing hues I found on bullets’ tips. It took me 10 years to realize
that ammunition manufacturers follow distinct color codes to mark and identify their cartridges and shells. It also took me another 10 years to realize that my notebooks in part catalogue 17 countries that continue to supply the various militias and armies fighting in Lebanon, including Finland, Germany, Greece, Egypt, and Belgium.

(excerpt taken from the Guggenheim’s Shapes of Space exhibit)

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