Walid Sadek

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civil war, politics, trauma, war
Visual Arts (drawing, installation art, performance, photography, text, video art)
Middle East
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Walid Sadek

ARTIST STATEMENT/ POSTCARD PROJECT OF THE HOUSE OF WORLD CULTURES 2007 "Let the dead pass on. Let them depart and with them be gentle, “give them a little encouragement and help them build their little ship of death …like departing mariners, lovingly.”* These words resonate with the quietude of a model society that congregates around the dying like ship-builders do around the hulk of a ship; a sociality busied with preparations for a last voyage and therefore intimately concerned with the mortality of the living as with the lives of those it calls dead. More importantly, these words exude a sort of lucidity impossible to grasp or factually experienced in a society that lingers amidst the remnants of its own internecine violence; namely in a society that mourns in the presence of the corpse. To mourn in the presence of the corpse transposes living into a temporality governed by waiting and re-arranges social existence into a huddled living defined by uneasy contiguity." (Walid Sadek) *D.H. Lawrence, All Souls’ Day Walid Sadek is an author and performance artist from Beirut in Lebanon. He uses visual means and a mainly poetic language to deal with life in Lebanon after the war – life in a society with deep political and religious rifts. He feels that art is the only way to come to terms with grief and with anguish at irretrievable loss. His work is directed at the neuralgic point between coping with trauma and modelling a new Lebanon, and it cocks a critical eye at globalization. Unlike many Lebanese artists and thinkers living in exile, Walid Sadek works on the spot, in Beirut, owing to which his works have the tang of authenticity.
Author: House of World Cultures


Born in Beirut
Living in Beirut since then


Publications (Selection)

Published Written
1999 Al-Kasal (Indolence) with Bilal Khbeiz, The 3rd World: Beirut That I am Bigger than Picasso, Ayloul Festival:Beirut

Exhibitions (Selection)

Exhibition / Installation
2007 52nd Biennial Venice 2007 , Venice, Italy 8th Sharjah International Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 2006 OUT OF BEIRUT, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK 2005 Home Works III, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon 2004 Formidable Beyrouth! Centre pour l´image contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland 2003 50th Biennial Venice, Venice, Italy BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden 2002 Contemporary Arab Representations, Fundació Antoni Tŕpies, Barcelona, Spain and Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (amongst others) 2001 Rumours, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt 2000 Mediterranean Metaphors III, Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey Hamra Street Project, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon 1998 Karaoke, The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Postcard Project

(01 March 07 - 31 December 08)