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The Atlas Group / Walid Raad | Already been in a lake of fire 1999-2002 | Digital colour print on paper, ed. 3/7 | Ten sheets: 29.5 x 41.5cm | Purchased 2006. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund

The Atlas Group ‘Already been in a lake of fire’ 1999-2002

“There is a constant identification of these historic events with the victims,” says Raad. “So the World Trade Center becomes about naming all the victims, showing the faces, telling the narratives, because that kind of victimhood gives you the right to speak and to be listened to with awe in a way that no other subject position permits. We’re not sure that we can yet listen to those positions, let alone make them manifest and say those are the people who died, these are their stories. They can be listened to but they will not necessarily be heard. Just like the buildings. You can go to Furn al-Shubbak, photograph it as much as you want, document it exhaustively—I’m not sure what you will know, and the same goes for the victims.”

Walid Raad cited in Kaelen Wilson-Goldie’s ‘Walid Raad: The Atlas Group Opens its Archives’, Bidoun: Art and Culture from the Middle East,#2 We are Old, Fall 2004.

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