On March 8th and 9th, 2010, Rally for Iraq partnered with Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal on a charitable artistic exhibit that sought to commemorate lives lost during the most recent war in Iraq. For 24 hours, dots were tattooed on Wafaa's back to symbolize each life lost in the war. Bilal asked participants, both at the gallery and watching online, to donate at least a dollar to Rally for Iraq to serve as a tangible contribution to a collective, grass-roots movement to support Iraqi efforts toward reconstruction.
Hundreds of people gathered over the course of the exhibit at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts to watch the tattooing, read names, and reflect upon the human cost of the recent war in Iraq. In addition, the event was featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Democracy Now, and NPR's All Things Considered. The Rally for Iraq team would like to thank the hundreds of people who contributed to the remarkable success of this event and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts for hosting. Your donations, support, and help to spread the word have made a tremendous impact on our work. In addition, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude toward Wafaa Bilal for having the artistic vision that prompted this powerful Iraqi-American collaboration.
Please visit Wafaa Bilal’s website wafaabilal.com for more information about the exhibit and
Bilal’s efforts to promote higher education through his artwork.