Egyptian artist Wael Shawky uses a range of media to produce work that explores issues of religion, culture and the effects of globalization on society today.
b. 1971, Alexandria, Egypt
Lives and works in Alexandria
2000 MFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
1994 BFA, Alexandria University
Wael Shawky uses a range of media to produce work that explores issues of history, religion, culture and the effects of globalisation on society today. In photographs, installations, videos and performances, he mines traditions of entertainment and performance through multilayered historical reconstructions that force viewers to navigate the territory of truth, myth, stereotype and cliché. Among his works are retellings of the Crusades enacted by marionettes (Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File, 2010 and Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo, 2012) and a restaging of the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat performed by children (Telematch Sadat, 2007). Shawky has had solo exhibitions at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2012); Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2011); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2011); and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy (2010), among other venues. Recent group presentations include Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012), and the Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011). In 2011, he received the Schering Foundation Art Award and the Abraaj Capital Art Prize. He founded the educational space MASS Alexandria in 2010.
21.11.09 – 20.02.10
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi