Artist Talks

The Stamp Gallery Presents Wafaa Bilal Making the Invisible Visible

Wafaa Bilal, The Things I Could Tell..., detail from installation, 2015. Courtesy of The Stamp Gallery.

Wafaa Bilal, The Things I Could Tell…, detail from installation, 2015. Courtesy of The Stamp Gallery.

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Artist Talk: Thursday, April 7 at 6:30pm

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Presented by the Graduate Art History Association (GAHA) and the Stamp Gallery, with generous support from the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Department of Art.

Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Juan Ramon Jiménez Room (Room 2208)
Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal discusses specific bodies of his work including Domestic Tension (aka Shoot an Iraqi), Virtual Jihadi, and 3rdi, reflecting on his experiences living in both the conflict zone of Iraq and the comfort zone of the United States. His dynamic, participatory work blends technology and performance to engage viewers in dialogue. Its controversial aspects spark deeper conversation, posing questions about political and personal realities. For more information, visit thestamp.umd.edu/gallery.

About the 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. Bilal’s work is constantly informed by the experience of fleeing his homeland and existing simultaneously in two worlds – his home in the “comfort zone” of the U.S. and his consciousness of the “conflict zone” in Iraq. Using his own body as a medium, Bilal continues to challenge our comfort zone with projects like 3rdi and 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; among others. He holds a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently an Associate Arts Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Learn more: www.wafaabilal.com

About the Stamp Gallery
Located on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park, The Stamp Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art, especially the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The Gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging, academically engaging, and attuned to broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming, the Gallery offers outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunities. It functions as a laboratory where emerging artists and curators experiment and work through their ideas. The Gallery’s programming aims to emphasize the importance of process to contemporary artistic practice and to provide a forum for dialogue.

Gallery Hours:

  • Mondays–Thursdays: 10am to 8pm
  • Fridays: 10am to 6pm
  • Saturdays: 11am to 4pm

The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland is located at 1220B Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. For more information visit thestamp.umd.edu/stamp_gallery.

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