David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

April 3, 2013 - May 26, 2013

The David Winton Bell Gallery is pleased to present the American premier of the complete The Ashes Series (2003-2013) by Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal, curated by Ian Alden Russell. The Ashes Series is composed of ten photographs of models constructed by the artist over a period of ten years documenting the aftermath of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  This series builds upon Bilal's provocative and innovative artworks that employ photography, installation, robotics, gaming, and video to create interactive works that explore the dissonance of war and culture. Commenting on the exhibition Bilal explains: β€œIn The Ashes Series I offer meditative and ephemeral moments addressing erasure and violence in the aftermath of war. By re-visiting recent history I am intentionally creating tension and incongruity to explore the duality that exists between the sacred and the profane through photographic practice.”

The photographs depict models constructed by the artist based on a collection of mass-syndi