wafaa bilal

Wafaa Bilal: Agent Intellect


Wafaa Bilal’s recent work turns the topicality of its subject matter––the horrors of war in the artist’s native Iraq

"...The artists who transport others to a state of genuine empathy are often called visionaries. "
Seven Days Vermont, see article.

"...Stepping into Mghaisil is like a chance to morn, or repent, this violence."
Vermont Art Zine Blog, read article.


“Wafaa Bilal’s recent work turns the topicality of its subject matter––the horrors of war in the artist’s native Iraq, which he fled as a dissident in the run-up to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait––into a set of chilling meditations on photography and representation.” Artforum, read article.


Links:

Wafaa Bilal's website;
Bilal's comments regarding "Virtual Jihadi" here;
Details on the Shutdown of Bilal's work at RPI and Sanctuary for Independent Media (Troy, NY) here;
MSNBC Interview with Jesse Petrillo, creator of "Quest for Saddam" video game here;
Brian Holmes' blog on Speech in Democracy and "Virtual Jihadi" here;
NPR interview here;
Bilal and Kari Lydersen's book Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun (2008 Citilights Books) here;
Gamepolitics site "Most Politically Fascinating Person of the year" here

 

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