Walid Sadek: Thoughts on Speaking Dead

16 December 2016 - 1 March 2017

Walid Sadek pushes us to live and think with the history we’ve pronounced dead, neither through longing nor fantasy, but by tarrying with its corpses. What does it mean to be 'in the presence of the corpse’, to perform 'the labor of missing’? A genuine thinker, a superb formalist, Thoughts on Speaking Dead compels an answer. - Rohit Goel

About the exhibition


Far from a triumphant, expansive or colonising language, the thought of a dead language posits language in a state of extreme generosity: open and available to every other living language and kept alive as dead by myriad speakers. A dead language is therefore not one in oblivion. With that said, what is the act of speaking dead? What world of images can be generated when speaking dead, that is when the speaker is in a state of extreme generosity and unconcerned with how this speaking is received and appropriated by so-called living languages? What continuance is opened by the apparent conclusion of speaking dead?  - Walid Sadek

About the artist


Walid Sadek is an artist and writer living in Beirut. His early work investigates the familial legacies of the Lebanese civil war. More recently, his artworks and written texts seek a poetics for a sociality governed by the logic of protracted war and search for eruptive temporalities to challenge that same protractedness. He is associate professor in the department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut.