Blog Post 9: Wafaa Bilal The Ashes Series

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Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal explores the destruction of private spaces by external violence. This series was a reflection on the destruction of his homeland. The monochromatic aesthetics of the images represent the ghostly presence of the human spirit that once lived in these spaces. This series is an attempt to make sense of destruction while also communicating a sort of serenity that exists in ruins post conflict. The dance between destruction and beauty. His use of domestic spaces and objects standing in for a human spirit that is lost reminds me of the work of Doris Salcedo.

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