The Arab Documentary Photography Program - 2017
Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal is renowned for provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics through high profile, technologically-driven art projects that employ the use of robotics, the internet, and photographic mobile mapping. For his 2007 installation, Domestic Tension, Bilal spent a month in a Chicago gallery with a paintball gun that people could shoot at him over the internet. Using his own body as a medium, Bilal continues to challenge our comfort zone with projects like 3rdi and Counting.... In 2008, City Lights published “Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance under the Gun,” about Bilal’s life and the Domestic Tension project. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; amongst others. He is currently an Associate Arts Professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.