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Art in Wartime

By Lauri Apple in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 11, 2008 8:12PM

In 2004, the brother of New York University professor Wafaa Bilal (formerly a prof at SAIC) was killed by an American missile at a checkpoint in their South Iraq hometown. Not long after, Bilal's father died -- ostensibly of a broken heart. These two major losses inspired Bilal to explore the war in Iraq as a subject in his art. Tonight the Invisible Institute presents Bilal and Kari Lydersen reading from and discussing their book Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun. The evening also includes a screening of a documentary on the subject of censorship of Bilal's work. 7 p.m. at the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone.