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"168:01" continues with Kickstarter Gold! Let’s remodel the library at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad.
176 backers pledged $5,000 to help bring this project to life.

Catching Up with 168.01

Posted by Wafaa Bilal (Creator)

Every day, our pledges and backers grow! With more than $3000 and 25 days to go, we are so grateful that you continue to support the work of 168.01. Thank you so much! Whether in the gallery, through the Kickstarter campaign, or individual and institutional donations, we couldn't do this without you!  Many of our supporters have expressed feeling good about both donating to 168.01 AND sharing it with friends.  If you feel called to do so, we would be so grateful for your sharing our Kickstarter campaign with the people you love. 

168.01 Project Update  

Since many of our backers also supported our last Kickstarter Campaign, we thought we’d start with a project update.  

In 2016, more than 1600 books were donated to the project by people from around the world. How were the books collected?  

Kickstarter Funding - Wishlist Books were purchased from Amazon by the 168.01 team using funds from the Kickstarter campaign. Books were first sent to the Art Gallery of Windsor and the Esker Foundation as part of the exhibitions, before being prepared for shipment to Baghdad.  

During the exhibition at the Esker Foundation, the local community purchased white books from the gallery and the gallery used the money to buy books from a local bookstore.  

Individual and Institutional Donations - People and institutions from around the globe purchased books from the Amazon list and/or donated books from their personal collections. These books were also sent to the galleries for the exhibition and prepared for shipment after the exhibitions ended. 

At the end of the exhibition at the Esker Foundation, all of the purchased and donated books from all sources were organized, cataloged, and prepared for shipment.  

Preparing Books For Delivery to Baghdad  

After several months of inventorying and packing books for shipment, the 168.01 team continues to work on finalizing the shipment to Baghdad. It comes as no surprise that shipping 1600 books to Baghdad is a BIG TASK with many approvals, forms, and other paperwork to submit and often resubmit.  We accept this as part of the process and we are happy to report that we are making great progress! With a helpful shipping partner and the amazing support of the University of Baghdad, we are getting closer and closer to the books arriving safely in Baghdad.  

More Exciting News and Developments to Watch  

  • Our Volunteer team has continued to grow! We will be sharing volunteer profiles in future updates 
  • We are in the process of developing a University Edition of 168.01 
  • 168.01 won the “Exhibition of the Year” Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries in 2016 
  • Wafaa was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2016 
  •  The 168.01 catalog has been published! 

2017 & 2018 Touring Schedule 

The 168:01 exhibition (168:01 + The Ashes Series) will be on a tour organized by the Art Gallery of Windsor from 2017-2018. 

Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library, Saskatchewan (May 5th 2017-June 25th, 2017)

While this exhibition just closed, we are happy to report that 168.01 deeply resonated with gallery visitors. 

“The New Observatory” at FACT Liverpool. (June 23rd – October 1st)

“The New Observatory” is a special exhibition that “transforms our galleries into an observatory for the 21st century. In collaboration with the Open Data Institute, the exhibition brings together an international group of artists whose work explores new and alternative modes of measuring, predicting, and sensing the world today through data, imagination and other observational methods.” 

An interesting fact is that the bookshelf is very tall and installed in a vertical orientation!


Future exhibitions include:
  • Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI (Fall 2017) 
  • Varley Art Gallery, Markham (January 2018 - May 2018) 
  • Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Fall 2018) 

Thank you for your generous support of 168.01! We will be publishing updates twice a week for the duration of the campaign.  See you again on Friday, June 30, 2017, for an interview with our librarian, Judith Frangos. 

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