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Better be watching the clouds_Plate 325

Better be watching the clouds_Plate 325

(Lebanese, b. 1967)
Sheet: 76.2 x 50.8 cm (30 x 20 in.); Secondary Support: 76.2 x 50.8 cm (30 x 20 in.); Frame: 78.1 x 52.7 x 3.5 cm (30 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 1 3/8 in.)
© Walid Raad
Location: not on view


Walid Raad uses storytelling and surreal images to pose questions about political history and what is true. Here, an oak tree in a Middle Eastern botanical guidebook sprouts the face of US President Ronald Reagan. According to Raad, the collaged page belonged to a former Lebanese intelligence officer and botanist who assigned floral code names to world leaders during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1991).
  • Who RU2 Day: Mass Media and the Fine Art Print. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 18, 2018-March 24, 2019).
  • {{cite web|title=Better be watching the clouds_Plate 325|url=false|author=Walid Raad|year=2000/2017|access-date=02 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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