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 Wafaa Bilal: Iraqi (Born 1966)

Wafaa Bilal Midwest Olympia (2006)
Midwest Olympia (2006)
Detail from video :: Dimensions Variable
Wafaa Bilal Midwest Olympia (2006)
Wafaa Bilal A Bar at the Folies Bergère (2006)
Wafaa Bilal Mona Lisa (2006)

biographical information

Iraqi born artist Wafaa Bilal has exhibited his art world wide, and traveled and lectured extensively to inform audiences of the situation of the Iraqi people, and the importance of peaceful conflict resolution. Bilal's 2007 dynamic installation Domestic Tension placed him on the receiving end of a paintball gun that was accessible online to a worldwide audience, 24 hours a day. Newsweek called the project “breathtaking” and the Chicago Tribune called the month-long piece "one of the sharpest works of political art to be seen in a long time," and named Bilal its 2007 Artist of the Year. Bilal has exhibited worldwide including in Baghdad, the Netherlands, Thailand and Croatia; as well as at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum and various other US galleries. His residencies have included Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California; Catwalk in New York; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In fall 2008 City Lights published “Shoot an Iraqi: Life, Art and Resistance Under the Gun,” about Bilal’s life and the Domestic Tension project.

Recent Press: Interview with Network Performance Daily


  • BFA: The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque
  • MFA: School of the Art Institute of Chicago

awards and honors

  • 2007 Named Chicago Tribune Artist of the Year

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