Raed Yassin

The Theatricality of a Postponed Death

11 May – 24 June 2023

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Raed Yassin was born in 1979 in Beirut, Lebanon. He lives and works in Berlin and Beirut. An artist and musician, Yassin creates work which often originates from an examination of his personal narratives and their position within a collective history, through the lens of consumer culture and mass production. Yassin is one of the organizers of IRTIJAL Festival, has released 10 music albums and founded the production company Annihaya in 2009.  He is also a founding member of Atfal Ahdath, a Beirut-based art collective. Raed Yassin is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki.




Theater Department, Institute of Fine Arts, Beirut, Lebanon.




Τosetti Value Award for photography, in partnership with Artissima 2020

Onassis Air Mentor, 2020. Research Fellowship, Akademie der Künste der Welt (May-June 2015), Cologne.






‘The Sea of My Soul’, theater performance | Taxidermy animals, scenography, neon lights, music and text. Produced by Onassis Stegi.


Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam.

‘History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary’, Minnesota Museum of American Art, USA. Exhibition in partnership with Mizna.

ARTER, New and Newest Music Festival, “A” Trio concert

Petersburg Art Space , Berlin. Music Performance.


Haus der Kunst (as PRAED), Munchen, DE


“Beirut, Beyrut, Beyrouth, Beyrout”, Listasafn Islands: December 2018-February 2019


“Beirut, Beyrut, Beyrouth, Beyrout”, Oslo Kunstforening: March 15-April 29, 2018
“Beirut, Beyrut, Beyrouth, Beyrout”, Ystad Konstmuseum: 8 September- 11 November, 2018
Listasafn Islands: December 2018-February 2019

Yassin Haute Couture, Marfa Projects, Beirut.

“From Ear to Ear to Eye”, Nottingham Contemporary, UK.

Marfa Projects, Beirut, Lebanon.

Institute of Arab and Islamic Art, New York, USA.


Group show, Dar El-Nimer Foundation for Arts and Culture, Beirut.

“The Future is Nostalgic”, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens.

The Room: Cooking Liberty”, Art Dubai 2017. A surrealist visual and gastronomic experience presented by Beirut-based art collective Atfal Ahdath: Vartan Avakian, Hatem Imam and Raed Yassin.


“A Feeling in Perspective”, IVDE Gallery, Dubai.
New Music Composition for Synth and a traditional Lewah Music in Abu Dhabi.

“Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World”, organized by NORIENT, Castelgrande, Bellinzona (April 1 to June 19 2016).

“Unravelled”, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon.

“But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise”, The Guggenheim Museum, New York. (Exhibition soundrack by Raed Yassin: ‘Parallel Gems’).

“Borderline Festival 2016”, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece (musical performance)

“Time Tuning”, performance as part of the “The Time is Out of Joint “ exhibition, Sharjah Art Foundation.

“White Cube…Literally – On form and convention of display” (group show, curated by Amanda Abi Khalil), Isabelle Van Den Eynde gallery, Dubai.

“Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World”, organized by NORIENT. CTM Festival, KKB Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin (January 30 to March 20 2016).


“Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World”, organized by NORIENT. ZKM Karlsruhe - October/November 2015

“Whose Gaze It Is Anyway?”, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, 24 Oct. 2015 – 10 Jan. 2016

‘Kissing Amnesia’ (solo show and concert/performance), Leighton House Museum, Shubbak Festival, London.

“Whose Gaze It Is Anyway?”, The Phoenix, Leicester, UK.

‘Dirty Linen’ (part of the ‘Family Business’ project initiated in 2012 by Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni). Organised by DESTE Foundation. Curated by Myriam Ben Salah. Benaki Museum on Pireos Street, Athens.

 “Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World”, organized by NORIENT. Forum Schlossplatz , Aarau , Switzerland.

‘The Impossible works of Raed Yassin’ (performance with with Ilaria Bonacossa, Eva Fabbris, Francesco Garutti). Curated by Fantom. Mersèlleira, Milan.

‘Performative Screenings #35 / Raed Yassin : Karaoke & Disco Tonight’, School, Vienna.

“Karaoke” (solo show), Akademie der Kuenst der Welt, Cologne.

Music work commissioned by Norient (Switzerland). Exhibitions: ZKM and Transmediale (Berlin).

Scatola Bianca, Milan, Italy.

‘Supernova’ (curated by Karina El Hélou), Scatola Bianca, Milan, Italy.

Film screening “Reappearing Things”, on the occasion of the exhibition “The Future of Memory”, Kunstahalle Wien, Austria. 


“Les Rencontres International de la Photo de Fès”, Gelerie Mohamed Kacimi, Fès, Maroc.

Live: “The Night of Recounting the Years”, Sharif Sehnaoui and Raed Yassin, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (2 Nov 2014)

“In Search of Lost Time” (curated by Ronit Eden), Castrum Peregnini, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

“Blue Times” (curated by Amira Gad, Nicolaus Schafhausen), Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria.

55th October Salon: “The Disappearing Things” (curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen, Vanessa Muller), Belgrade City Museum, Serbia.

“Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?” (curated by Omar Kholeif), ICA, London, UK.

PRAED Live: Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival, Switzerland.

“Songs of Loss and Songs of Love”, Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea.

“Parle pour toi”, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France.

“#18@rivolicastello” (solo show), Castello Di Rivoli, Turin, Italy.

“Customs Made: Quotidian Practices and Everyday Rituals” (curated by Livia Alexander, Nat Muller), Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE.

“Amnesiac Commissions” (solo show), Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece.

“The Politics of Food”, Delfina Foundation, London, UK.


Live: Compass Festival, Berlin, Germany.

Performance: “Tonight Disco”, Frischzelle Festival, Bielefeld, Germany.

Live: Frischzelle Festival, Koln, Germany.

Film Section, Art Basel in Miami Beach, Kalfayan Galleries, Miami, USA.

“Dancing, Smoking, Kissing” (solo show), The Running Horse, Beirut, Lebanon.

“The Blue Route, Journeys and beauties from the Mediterranean to China”, Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium.

“Everywhere but Now” (curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg), 4th Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece.

“Terms & Conditions”, Singapore Art Museum.

Performance: “My Last Self-Portrait”, Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon.

“Blue”, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece.

“Postponed Noon” (curated by Amanda Abi Khalil), VITRINE, London, UK.

Performance: “Raed Yassin on Double Bass”, Darat al Funun – The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan.

Performance: “New Dream Machine Project II”, Parasol unit, London, UK.

Performance: “The Impossible Works of Raed Yassin”, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon.

“Take me to the place I want to do the memories”, The Running Horse, Beirut, Lebanon.


Live: “Solo”, Metro Al Medina, Beirut, Lebanon.

“Arab Express” (curator: Ken Kondo), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.

Carte Blanche: KRAN FILM, BOZAR-Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium.

New Positions, Art Cologne’s international project for promoting young artists (solo show presented by Kalfayan Galleries), Cologne, Germany.

Abraaj Group Art Prize, Art Dubai, Kalfayan Galleries, Dubai, UAE.

Video and Music Performance: "Horror is universal (the end)", New Museum, New York, USA.


Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece (solo exhibition).

“Facing Mirrors”, Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Kleio Projects, New York, USA.

ACVIC, Barcelona, Spain.

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

Sharjah Biennial 10, UAE.

Delfina Foundation, London, UK.


Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain.

Blancpain Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland.

Offspring, De- Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Home Works 5, Beirut, Lebanon.

The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, India.        

The Guild Art Gallery, New York, USA.


Cairo - Beirut Festival, Dusseldorf, Germany.

Tetra Art Space, Fokouka, Japan.     

Reithalle, Bern, Switzerland.

Hi Zero Festival, Baltimore, USA.

Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland.

BAC, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon.

Irtijal Festival, Beirut, Lebanon.

Sharjah Biennial 9, UAE.

KRAN film space, Brussels, Belgium.


Photo Cairo 4, Town House Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.

Ystad Art Museum, Sweden.

TAG, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

WORM, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst (Montevideo), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland.


PROGR, Bern, Switzerland.

Tasten Festival Berlin, Germany.

Kennedy Center Washington D.C., USA.

Chicago Cultural Center, USA.

Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA.

Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, USA.

Transmediale festival, Berlin, Germany.

Skanu Mezs Festival, Riga, Latvia.

Steim, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Oslo international short film festival, Norway.


Ystad Art Museum, Sweden.

Rosklide Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Espace S.D. Beirut, Lebanon.

Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands.

The Days of Photography, CCF, Damascus, Syria.

Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Home works 3, Beirut, Lebanon.




Delfina Foundation, London, UK.


Delfina Foundation, London, UK.


De-Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


CIC & Town House Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.

STEIM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


STEIM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.




Sharjah Art Foundation Project Fund.


Abraaj Group Art Prize 2012.


AFAC grant for production.


Fidus Award, Beirut, Lebanon.


YATF grant for production, Brussels, Belguim.

The Cultural Resource grant for production, Cairo, Egypt.





Live in Nicklesdorf (LP)

A Trio (Roaratorio, USA)


Malayeen, Malayeen (Annihaya, Lebanon)


Music to our ears, A Trio (Al Maslakh, Lebanon)


Made in Japan PRAED (Annihaya, Lebanon)


The Blood of Raed Yassin (less label, USA)

Faded Diary, with Paed Conca and Takumi Seino (Grape Records, Japan)


The New Album, solo (Annihaya, Lebanon)


The Muesli Man PRAED (Creative Sources, Portugal)


Periferico  compilation CD (Sonic Arts Network, UK)

Ystad/Beirut with various artists  (Olof Bright, Sweden)

Cedarhead, with Michael Zerang (Al Maslakh, Lebanon)


The Adventures of Nabil Fawzi, with Gene Coleman (Al Maslakh, Lebanon)


A, The A Trio (cd theque, Lebanon)




“Politics of Food" published by Sternberg Press, Delfina Art Foundation, December 2019.


‘Disappearing Things’ – 55th October Salon, The Cultural Center of Belgrade, Serbia, p. 123.

Anthony Downey, Art & Politics Now, Thames & Hudson, 2011, p. 35 (ISBN 9780500291474)

This Place, with Atfal Ahdath (Sharjah Art Foundation)

Who Killed the King of Disco (Sharjah Art Foundation)


The Best of Sammy Clark (Beirut Art Center)



Art Asia Pacific, July/August, 2015.

Ines Min, “Singing the Praises of Love and Loss”, artnet, 20 May 2014.

“Flower Power”, Canvas Daily, Art Dubai Edition, 18 March 2014, p. 6.

“Customs Made: Quotidian Practices and Everyday Rituals”, Maraya Art Center, March 2014, pp. 53 – 57.

Jim Quilty, “Beirut Lebanon”, Blouinartinfo.com, March 2014, pp. 98, 99.

Claudia Bettiol, “Images from Beirut: the art of Raed Yassin”, Energitismo (online), 23 February 2014.

Lifo, 6 February 2014, cover and p. 6.

Pari Spinou, Efimerida ton Sintakton, 18 February 2014, p. 20.

“Platform 005: Globalising Tactics in Contemporary Art”, Ibraaj, 2013.

“Raed Yassin. Postponed Noon”, Wall Street International Magazine, 2 September 2013.

“The Blue Route, Journeys and beauties from the Mediterranean to China”, Boghossian Foundation, September 2013, p. 140.

4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, September 2013, pp. 84, 85.

Jim Quilty, “Reducing civil war to porcelain”, The Daily Star, Arts & Culture, 24 March 2012.

“Spectral Imprints”, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2012.

Sotiris Letsios, I Thessalia, 11 December 2011.

Fmag Photography Magazine, 29 November 2011.

Ilianna Fokianaki, To Proto Thema, 21 November 2011.

Jim Quilty, “Injecting a virus into the system”, The Daily Star, Arts & Culture, 18 June 2011.

“Raed Yassin: la memoire en Technicolor”, Agenda Culturel, 15 March 2011.

Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, “Raed Yassin: Memories are fiction”, The National, 4 March 2011.

Ivan Hewett, “Raed Yassin, Café Oto, review”, The Telegraph, 7 January 2011.

Jim Quilty, “Plugging into the pop-culture collective unconscious”, The Daily Star, Arts & Culture, 8 September 2009.