OUR COLUMNIST SCULPTURESTEPH BRINGS SOME LIGHT TO THE DISCUSSION ON THE WAY ARAB ART TENDS TO FOLD INTO ITSELF INSTEAD OF EXPOSE ITS OWN CONDITIONS OF PRODUCTION WITH AN EXAMPLE:
‘Artist Walid Raad may be of interest to the above post. Maybe you consider him as ‘established’ and therefore not directly relevant.
His ‘statement’ on ‘Scratching on Things I Could Disavow’ (2007) A History of Art in the Arab World (http://www.scratchingonthings.com/)…is also the title to his artwork; ‘The Atlas Group Scratching on Things I Could Disavow’ a miniature model of a gallery that contains art works (prints, photography, collages, sculpture and AV) on a miniature scale. (see alsohttp://d13.documenta.de/#/programs/the-kassel-programs/some-artworks-and-programs-initiated-by-documenta-13-participants/scratching-on-things-i-could-disavow/)
It was first shown in the UK in the exhibition ‘Walid Raad: Miraculous Beginnings’, at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2010/2011). You can currently see this art work in the exhibition ‘Living with War’, in the Gallery of Modern Art, in Glasgow (till 09 March 2014).’