The 50 Most Political Art Pieces of the Past 15 Years

1. ...and Counting by Wafaa Bilal, 2010

Artist Wafaa Bilal's 2010 work ...and Counting confronts a number of emotionally powerful issues in one gesture of bodily submission. In 2004, Bilal's brother was killed by a missile at checkpoint in their hometown of Kufa, Iraq. His brother's tragic death charged this performance with a authentic vulnerability, both emotionally and physically for Bilal. For 24 hours, Bilal allows his own body to become "a borderless map of Iraq covered with one dot for each Iraqi and American casualty near the cities where they fell." The deaths of 5,000 Americans were represented by red dots, while the 100,000 Iraqi casualties are represented by dots of green UV, invisible unless viewed under a black-light.

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