Wafaa Bilal

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In New Artwork, Wafaa Bilal Enlists the Public to Rebuild a Destroyed Baghdad Library   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Wafaa Bilal at Art Gallery of Windsor January 30th, 2016 - April 10th, 2016
Posted 1/12/16
During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad lost its entire library collection—some 70,000 books—when it was burned by looters. Today, 13 years later, faculty and students are still affected by this loss. The devastation of this and other libraries in 2003 recalls the destruction of another library: the Bayt al-Hikma, or House of Wisdom, a Baghdad institution that, at the height of the Islamic Golden Age, contained the largest collection of... [more]
Wafaa Bilal recently visited Chicago to give the opening night lecture and present Technoviking (2013) at Rapid Pulse, an international performance art festival hosted by DEFIBRILLATOR gallery in June 2013. I know Bilal from his days in Chicago as a hardworking graduate student in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We caught up after his lecture at Rapid Pulse, and, appropriately enough to his work, we conducted this interview on video chat soon... [more]
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