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This fall, Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal will be in-residence at WAM. His goal is to gather an interdisciplinary, collaborative team from the University of Minnesota to reimagine the University of Baghdad’s College of Fine Arts library, which was destroyed during the 2003 U.S. invasion. Bilal is known internationally for provoking dialogue about international politics through high profile, technologically-driven projects that employ the use of robotics, the internet, and photographic mobile mapping. His work explores tensions between the cultural spaces he occupies—his home in the “comfort zone” of the U.S. and his consciousness in the “conflict zone” of Iraq.

WAM, the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), and the Minnesota Design Center of the College of Design are inviting UMN faculty, staff, and students to contribute their knowledge and experiences to the project. Potential disciplines of collaborators might include, but are not limited to: architecture, social sciences, art, civil and structural engineering, design, the humanities, environmental sciences, and so on. This project will provide a unique collaborative opportunity leading to a one-of-kind creative collaboration that transcends geographies and cultures. Learn more about the call for collaboration here.

UMN faculty, staff, and students interested in collaborating and meeting with Bilal should reach out to Boris Oicherman, WAM’s Cindy and Jay Ihlenfeld Curator for Creative Collaboration, at boris@umn.edu.

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Other Events with Wafaa

January 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | “Meet and Greet with Wafaa Bilal” at the Wesiman Art Museum

January 24, 12 – 1 p.m. | ICGC Brown Bag Series: “A Conversation with Wafaa Bilal” at the ICGC (537 Heller Hall)