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Walid Raad - 2011 Hasselblad Award Winner

The Hasselblad award was presented for the 31st time on Tuesday 8 March 2011. The award winner, Walid Raad received the award from David Dangoor, Consul General of Sweden in New York at a ceremony at the Lotos Club in New York. The winner received a diploma, a gold medal and SEK 1.000.000.

The exhibition Walid Raad – 2011 Hasselblad Award Winner opened on November 11, 2011 at the Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden. In conjunction therewith gave Walid Raad a seminar The Loudest Muttering Is Over: Documents from The Atlas Group Archive.

The Foundation's citation:

Walid Raad is one of the most original and singular contemporary artists using photography. He has been widely acclaimed for his project “The Atlas Group”, in which Raad generated original ideas about the relationship between documentary photography, archive and history. In order to document and investigate Lebanon’s contemporary history, Raad developed innovative methods of approaching the imagery of war and the way political and social conflict can be explored in art. Through Raad’s work we are able to question the traditional iconography of war photography and speculate productively on visuality, memory and violence.


Images by Walid Raad / The Atlas Group

Chat with Walid Raad - 2011 Hasselblad Award Winner (from March 8)

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