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archive: Wafaa Bilal's political game censored.
Posted on Thursday, March 13 @ 11:27:01 CET by julian

Political Games
We've written before about Wafaa Bilal's piece Domestic Tension. His new work, Night of Bush Hunting, has come under significant antagonism.

Tom Sherman, of Syracuse University writes:

Iraqi-born Chicago-based artist Wafaa Bilal interviewed after his show called Virtual Jihadi at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was "suspended" and he was shut out of the arts building. The art piece consists of a hacked video Al Qaeda video game called
Night of Bush Hunting. The artist inserted himself as a virtual suicide bomber as a way of referencing his own anger and despair over his brother and father's death during the American occupation as well as the anger and despair of Iraqis who have lost control of their lives.

YouTube has a few interviews that will help get you up to speed on the issue.

It seems however that things have recently turned even worse for Wafaa. To cite an article at GamePolitics.

"Following his RPI expulsion, Bilal's Virtual Jihadi exhibit was moved to the nearby Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy. On Monday night, a local Republican political figure, Robert Mirch, led a
protest against Bilal's work outside the Sanctuary. Mirch, by the way, also happens to be the Public Works Commissioner for the city of Troy. In that capacity, he is responsible for enforcing building codes."


Many thanks to Tom and Christian McCrea for the updates, found on the Empyre list.

 
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