Walid is a New York-based Lebanese photographer, multimedia artist, DJ and designer. He was born in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war and bred on war sounds.
As a queer person born during the Lebanese civil war and raised in a conservative household and within a repressive society and religious schooling system, I have had to navigate difficult terrains that inform much of my work. These factors resulted in a complex personal and collective palimpsestic history—a past that I attempted to leave behind by moving to the States in 2005.
With the palimpsest as a guiding metaphor, I attempt to locate myself within overlapping realms of experience as an immigrant and a queer person. I am interested in translating these palpable and impalpable occurrences of partial erasure and rewriting that occur at the personal, communal, cultural, and socio-economic levels into visual artefacts.
Group exhibitions and publications
#ICPconcerned, International Center of Photography, New York, NY (upcoming)
Health and Illness, Rusted Radishes, Beirut, Lebanon (upcoming)
The Print Swap, BBA Circle Gallery, Berlin, Germany (upcoming)
The Print Swap, Foley Gallery, New York, NY (upcoming)
Material Oracle,Public Space One, Iowa City, IA
Let There Be Spaces in Your Togetherness, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN + St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN + New York Mills Cultural Center, New York Mills, MN
The Print Swap Show, The Foley Gallery, New York, NY
What the F**k Are We Doing?,
Photo of the Day,
Now We Start from the Arm, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY
Don’t Be Shy Man, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, NY
Ten Years Running: Parsons Graduate Show, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
Code: Blue, International New Media Art Exhibition & Symposium, China Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China
Cricital Themes in Media Studies Conference, The New School, New York, NY
Typographic Beirut Conference, Beirut, Lebanon