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Following the Iraq war in 2003 the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Baghdad lost its entire library of 70,000 books when looters torched the building. Students remain hampered by their access to an extremely limited range of books.

Iraqi Professor Wafaa Bilal has launched “Project 168 Hours and 1 Second”, which connects potential donors in Windsor, Canada and the Faculty of Fine Arts, which will run alongside a page on fundraising website Kickstarter. In time it is hoped the most important text books, from a list created by the teaching board at the Faculty, will once more grace the shelves of the library.

An arts exhibition in Windsor will provide 1,000 blank books, which donors can replace with the educational text books wanted by the Teaching Board of Fine Arts Faculty. When all 1,000 books have been exchanged, the books will be shipped to the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baghdad and rebuilding the library can begin.

The Kickstarter campaign will honour donations in the following ways:

$15

The donor’s name will be written on the wall of the exhibition in Windsor

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$25

Donors will receive a limited edition copy of a book published by the artist, of 400 blank pages and one that explains the project.

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$50

The donor’s name will be written on the inside cover of one of the text books. $100 will see the donor’s name in five books.

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$1000

Will get a limited edition replica of a handmade work of art about the project.

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$5000

Is enough for an original artwork by the artist, signed and shipped.

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