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Appreciating Walid Raad's recent work is a bit like watching the ruddy glow rise on the face of a favorite aunt or uncle who's holding court.Commencing in the 1987, "Sweet Talk" is composed of photographic studies of Beirut landscapes.The pieces from Raad's "Sweet Talk" series (dating 1987-2008) include collages on the theme of Lebanese monuments – digital composites Raad has equated to "stacks" of photos. Deploying the images taken by the artist and archival photos, each picture takes the shape of one monument and the materiality of another, carefully conflating the two to deface both.While it had never staged a solo exhibition for Marwan, researchers did uncover 29 of the (not fictive) Syrian modernist's works in the museum's basement, all rendered on the backs of canvases by other artists.The artist told The Daily Star the shadows have been lost due to the works' having been affected, though not physically."A Proposal for a Beirut Site Museum: Preface (2016-2026)," 2017, is composed of six plates and a maquette of the museum design Raad and Khoury (unsuccessfully) pitched as part of the architectural contest APEAL (the Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon) staged for its Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA).
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