Walid Sadek




Born in 1966, Walid Sadek is an artist and writer. His early work investigates the violent legacies of the Lebanese civil war partially and inadequately experienced by a young Christian-born Lebanese: Home Play (1996); The Last Days of Summer (1997). He later began to posit, mostly in theoretical texts, ways of understanding the complexity of lingering civil strife in times of relative social and economic stability: A Matter of Words (2002); From Excavation to Dispersion: Configurations of Installation Art in Post-War Lebanon (2003); The Acquisition of Death: the Ends of Art and Dwelling in Lebanon (2004). His recent written work endeavors to structure a theory for a post-war society disinclined to resume normative living: From Image to Corpse (2006); Place at Last (2007); Seeing Rude and Erudite (2007); Peddling time when standing still, art remains and the globalization that was (2011); Collecting the Uncanny and the Labour of Missing (forthcoming 2012); In the Presence of the Corpse (forthcoming 2012). Concomitantly, a number of artworks propose a poetics for a sociality governed by the logic of a protracted civil war and search for a temporal politics to challenge that same protractedness: Love is Blind (2006); Dear Stephen (2006); Knowledge of the Expelled (2007); Mourning in the Presence of the Corpse (2007); On Learning to See Less (2009); Place at Last (2010); Kozo Okamoto resides in Greater Beirut (2010); The Wreck of Hope and the Other Side of Impatience (2012). Walid Sadek is associate professor in the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut.


Walid Sadek . Installation shot from the exhibition 'On the Labour of Missing', Galerie Tanit, Beirut, 2012


Artists of the Gallery

Youssef Abdelke

Adel Abidin

Shirin Abu Shaqra

Abed Al Kadiri

Mojé Assefjah

Martin Assig

Michael Biberstein

Sonja Braas

Ricardo Brey

Franck Christen

Roy Dib


Elger Esser

Simone Fattal

Chafa Ghaddar

Gilbert Hage

Herbert Hamak

Joumana Jamhouri

David Kramer

Urs Lüthi

Rania Matar

Randa Mirza

Kevork Mourad

Charlotte Mumm

Serge Najjar

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Giulio Rimondi

Walid Sadek

Charles Sandison

Nada Sehnaoui

Bongchull Shin

Catharina van Eetvelde

Stephen Waddell

Fadi Yazigi

Kimiko Yoshida

Ghassan Zard

Cynthia Zaven