Walid Raad

Scratching on Things I could Disavow

A History of Art in the Arab World

Views from Inner to Outer Compartments

"At the opening of a new museum of modern and/or contemporary art in an Arab city, a proud local resident rushes the entrance only to find that he is unable to proceed.

Was it his casual wear at an event announced as a black-tie affair? No.

Was it the thugs that shielded the ruling dynasty attending the event en masse to showcase their benevolence and refined sensibilities, pubescent-future-rulers in tow that prevent his access? No.

He simply feels that were he to walk in he will certainly ‘hit a wall.’

On the spot, he turns to face the rushing crowd and screams: ‘Stop. Don’t go in. Be careful.’

Within seconds, he is removed from the site, severely beaten and sent to a psychiatric facility.

These events will take place sometime between 2014 and 2024. We will certainly read in newspapers the following day the headline: Demented Man Disturbs Opening - Claims World Is Flat."

Scratching on Things I could Disavow

53.9 x 73 cm
Digigraph print with natural pigments on 310 g ultra-smooth fine art paper

Scratching on Things I could Disavow

53.9 x 73 cm
Digigraph print with natural pigments on 310 g ultra-smooth fine art paper

Scratching on Things I could Disavow

53.9 x 73 cm
Digigraph print with natural pigments on 310 g ultra-smooth fine art paper

Scratching on Things I could Disavow

53.9 x 73 cm
Digigraph print with natural pigments on 310 g ultra-smooth fine art paper

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