Spring 2017 : Wafaa Bilal : 168:01

Mitra, Srimoyee. Spring 2017 : Wafaa Bilal : 168:01. Regina Sask: Dunlop Art Gallery, 2017.

PDF (Spring 2017 : Wafaa Bilal : 168:01) - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike.

Download (7MB) | Preview

Abstract (English)

'' In 168:01, Bilal takes the Bayt al-Hikma, or House of Wisdom, as a starting point for a sculptural installation of a library, filled with empty white books. The Bayt al-Hikma was a major academic center during the Islamic Golden Age, and housed the largest library in the world, until it was destroyed in a Mongol siege. According to some accounts, the library was thrown into the Tigris River to create a bridge of books for the Mongol army to cross. The pages bled ink into the river for seven days – or 168 hours, after which the books were drained of knowledge. Today, the Bayt al-Hikma represents one of the most well-known examples of historic cultural loss as a casualty of wartime.

Throughout the duration of Bilal’s exhibition, the white books will slowly be replaced with visitor donations from a wishlist compiled by The College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad, whose library was looted and destroyed in 2003. At the end of the exhibition, all the donated books will be sent to the University of Baghdad to help rebuild their library. This exchange symbolizes the power of individuals to rectify violence inflicted on cultural spaces that are meant to preserve and store knowledge for future generations. Visitors are encouraged to visit this wishlist at tinyurl.com/WafaaBilal168-01. Books from the wishlist may also be dropped off in person by visitors during Central Gallery opening hours. '' --
Publisher's website


Voir résumé en anglais.

Types: Catalogues > Exhibition catalogues
All Contributors: Mitra, Srimoyee (Author)
Dossier: 420 - BILAL, WAFAA
Language of Publication: English
Publishers: Regina Sask: Dunlop Art Gallery
Artists: Bilal, Wafaa
Critics / Curators / Historians: Mitra, Srimoyee
Art Organizations: Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina)
Event Title: Wafaa Bilal : 168:01
Type: Exhibition
Location: Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina, Sask.)
Dates: 5 May - 25 June 2017
Copyright Statement: Dunlop Art Gallery
Related URLs:

Includes biographical notes.

Deposited by: Contractuel JCT
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 16:03
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2017 17:07
URI: http://e-artexte.ca/id/eprint/28908
Edit this item (login required):
View Item