Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun


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Wafaa Bilal, über dessen Installation zum Irak-Krieg ich hier bereits gebloggt hatte, hat ein Buch über seine Shoot-Him-Up-Kunst geschrieben. Er hatte für einen Monat eine Paintball-Gun in seinem Atelier installiert, die Besucher einer Website online steuern konnten, während der 30 Tage wurden 65.000 Paintballs auf ihn abgefeuert. Oben der Trailer zum Buch, WMMNA hat ein Review dazu:

Wafaa Bilal's childhood in Iraq was defined by the horrific rule of Saddam Hussein, two wars, a bloody uprising, and time spent interned in chaotic refugee camps in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Bilal eventually made it to the U.S. to become a professor and a successful artist, but when his brother was killed at a U.S. checkpoint in 2005, he decided to use his art to confront those in the comfort zone with the realities of life in a conflict zone.

Thus the creation and staging of Domestic Tension, an unsettling interactive performance piece: for one month, Bilal lived alone in a prison cell-sized room in the line of fire of a remote-controlled paintball gun and a camera that connected him to internet viewers around the world. Visitors to the gallery and a virtual audience that grew by the thousands could shoot at him 24 hours a day.

The project received overwhelming worldwide attention, garnering the praise of the Chicago Tribune, which called it "one of the sharpest works of political art to be seen in a long time," and Newsweek's assessment "breathtaking." It spawned provocative online debates and ultimately, Bilal was awarded the Chicago Tribune's Artist of the Year Award.

Book Review - Shoot An Iraqi, Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun
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