Wafaa Bilal, Blown Up: Gaming and War, at the MAI
Right now, 1.2 billion people in our world practice open defecation. Furthermore, nearly 200,000 political prisoners inhabit North Korean’s brutal prison camps and approximately 50,000 Iraqi refugees have been forced into prostitution- many of whom are girls as young as 11, 12. For the rest of us, these particular global inequities are not so disconcerting. Out of sight, out of mind, so to speak. However, for Iraqi born New York artist Wafaa Bilal, such escapes from awareness is not possible. That his feet are in two worlds – of both comfort and conflict – is brilliantly illustrated through his art, an art of activism.
Romina Sol Catanzaro at the Centro Culturel Simón Bolívar, to December 20
The story of modern art in a nutshell: enter photography, exit the Académie. In the 175-odd years since Louis Daguerre invented his image-capturing process, figurative representation has gone by the wayside, subsumed by a flood of artistic moments, each more outrageous than the last.