Wafaa Bilal's childhood in Iraq was inlfuenced by the rule of Saddam Hussein, two wars, a bloody uprising, and time spent living within chaotic refugee camps in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Bilal eventually made it to the U.S. and become a professor of Photography and Imaging at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a artist that has exhibited his art worldwide. But when his brother was killed at a U.S. checkpoint in 2005, he decided to use his art to confront those in the comfort zone with the realities of life in a conflict zone.
All of Bilil's work is seen as breathtaking and sharply political. His work 'Domestic Tension' is an interective performance piece where he lived in a prison cell sized room for a month, in the line of fire of a remote-controlled paintball gun and a camera that connected him to internet viewers around the world where viewers could shoot at him 24/7. Video documentation of this work can be seen at mewafaa's Channel on YouTube.