Artwork Details

  • Artist Wael Shawky
  • Title Dictums 10:120
  • Date 2014
  • Medium Documentary, colour video, silent
  • Duration 6 minutes, 2 seconds
  • Credit Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
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Wael Shawky began Dictums 10:120, a multipart project that involves the composition and performance of a qawwali song, during the Witness Programme, an artists’ residency at Sharjah Biennial 10. Comprised of fragments from curatorial talks translated into Urdu, the song turns this centuries-old tradition of devotional Sufi music into a contemporary art experiment. Taking Sharjah as a starting point, the project examines the relationship between art organisations and their local communities.


Dictums 10:120

Shawky, Wael

In photographs, installations, videos and performances, Wael Shawky mines traditions of entertainment and performance through multilayered historical reconstructions.