Wafaa Bilal, 168:01 (installation view), 2016. Photo by Frank Piccolo
168:01 is an exhibition of new and recent work by Iraqi-born, New York-based artist Wafaa Bilal who is internationally renowned for work speaking to the impact of international politics on individual lives. In 168:01, Bilal constructed a makeshift library filled with empty white books, symbols of the cultural heritage destroyed by occupying forces in Iraq. These will be replaced with donations of real books, from a wish list compiled by The University of Baghdad, whose fine arts library was destroyed in 2003. Also on view are Bilal’s photographs “The Ashes Series”.