Tattoo Performance for Casualities in Iraq
Artist Wafaa Bilal, an Iraqi-American whose brother was killed by a missile at a checkpoint during "Operation Iraqi Freedom," is using tattoos in his latest performance art piece entitled "... And Counting."
Bilal will have his back tattooed with one dot for each Iraqi and American casualty. The dots will be placed on a borderless map of Iraq -- already tattooed with the names of cities -- in close proximity to where the those men and women were killed. See this video of that initial tattooing. [Kyle McDonald designed the map visualization above left.]
The dots will be tattooed in NY's Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts over a 24-hour period, from 8pm March 8th to 8pm March 9th. The press release offers more on the show:
"Bilal feels the pain of both American and Iraqi families who've lost loved ones in the war, but the deaths of Iraqis like his brother are largely invisible to the American public.
The entire performance will be streamed online. For detailed information, visit Wafaabilal.com.
[Via Information Aesthetics with special thanks to Evan from Cool Hunting for the heads up.]