Just what is it that makes today so familiar, so uneasy?

Walid Sadek

Walid Sadek (1966, Lebanon) is an artist and writer living in Beirut, Lebanon. In early works such as Home Play (1996) and The Last Days of Summer (1997) he investigated the violent legacies of the Lebanese civil war (1975–1990). Later he began to articulate, mostly in theoretical texts, ways of understanding the complexity of lingering civil tensions in times of relative social and economical stability. His recent work endeavours to structure a theory to approach the ambivalence of living through a protracted civil war. Recent projects include Mourning in the Presence of the Corpse, Venice Biennale (Italy, 2007), Knowledge of the Expelled, 7th Gwangju Biennial (South Korea, 2008), Place at Last, Beirut Art Center (Lebanon, 2010), Kozo Okamoto residens in Greater Beirut, the 4th Auckland Triennial (New Zealand, 2010), The Labour of Missing, Sharjah Biennial (UAE, 2011), The Wreck of Hope, KunstWerke (Berlin, Germany, 2011), The Wreck of Hope and the Other Side of Impatience, La Triennale (Paris, France, 2012).