Mohamed Abdelkarim engages with notions of authorship and representation, camouflage and concealment, exchange and play. His work tackles subjects such as tourism, religion, politics and economics. He has a longstanding interest in the relationship between capitalism, violence and masculinity.
In External Rotation, the Qur’anic story of the People of the Cave (known in the Biblical tradition as the Seven Sleepers) is retold through personal events with a political and social dimension, and framed by an interview with someone antagonistic to the artist.
This project was part of Sharjah Biennial 11
Produced by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).
Black and white video projection
Produced by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)
Photo by Alfredo Rubio
This publication takes as its starting point Yuko Hasegawa’s curatorial concept for Sharjah Biennial 11: Re:Emerge – Towards a New Cultural Cartography and March Meeting 2013.