(b.1971, Alexandria, Egypt)
Wael Shawky's installations, performances and videos explore pivotal issues in society, politics, culture and religion in the Arab World. He aims to show 'a society in transition, a condition that is not clear, a translation,' and uses many of the techniques of popular entertainment - both ancient and modern - to re-present the causes and effects of political events. Taking the format of a TV gameshow, with children as actors, he has re-staged the assassination of Egypt's President Sadat in 1981 and, using 200-year-old Italian marionettes, he has retold episodes from the history of the Crusades as a horror show seen through Arab eyes. His animated film installation Al-Aqsa Park re-imagines the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem as a fairground carousel while Larvae Channel 2 (2009), in which an elderly Palestinian couple describe their forced eviction from their home in the West Bank, combines film with animation with cartoon-like outlines drawn around the figures, emphasising their every move and gesture.
Art and History
Wael Shawky hosts a discussion addressing the intersection of art and history.
Drawing on examples from the artist's previous work the group addresses questions such as 'How do we translate history into art work?' and 'Do we really believe in history?'
DUE TO VISA ISSUES, THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED.