Walead BESHTY

  • Born 1976 in London, UK
  • Based in Los Angeles, USA
  • Photo: James Van Alden

Walead Beshty is known for work that presents, in a simple manner, the reality that the transmission of information and the transportation of things, which seem to occur instantaneously, are in fact carried out within the confines of many industries and depend on the physical labor of a great many people. Travel Pictures involved Beshty developing and printing photographic film with damage and discoloration from exposure to X-ray scanners when passing through airport baggage inspection. With the FedEx glass works, he shipped thin glass boxes cut to the size of FedEx standard shipping boxes around the world, and exhibited those boxes in the form took after becoming cracked all over through the process of transportation by cargo handlers. Beshty is often described as a photographer, but his practice has a wide scope, and he also works as a writer and curates exhibitions. In 2018, he organized the Picture Industry exhibition in France and edited its catalogue, which amounted to a monumental publication of over 800 pages.

Selected Works

2015
56th Venice Biennial, All the World’s Futures, Venice, Italy
2014
A Partial Disassembling of an Invention, Without a Future: Helter Skelter and Random Notes in Which the Pulleys and Cogwheels Are Lying Around at Random All Over the Workbench (solo), Barbican Centre, London, UK
2013
Fair Use (solo), the Power Station, Dallas, USA
2011
Securities and Exchanges (solo), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2011
A Diagram of Forces (solo), Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
  • Travel Pictures [Tschaikowskistrasse 17 in multiple exposures* (LAXFRATHF/TXLCPHSEALAX) March 27–April 3, 2006] *Contax G-2, L-3 Communications eXaminer 3DX 6000, and InVision Technologies CTX 5000, 2006/2008