Al Araba AlMadfuna II, 2014

Wael Shawky
Al Araba AlMadfuna II, 2014
Black and white video projection with sound
33 minutes
Film still
Co-produced by the Wiener Festwochen and Sharjah Art Foundation
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

Overview

Wael Shawky uses a range of media to explore issues of history, religion, culture and the effects of globalisation on society today. In video, photographs, installations and performance, he mines traditions of entertainment and performance through multilayered works that force viewers to navigate the territory of truth, myth and stereotype.

Religion and the tradition of storytelling – both oral and written – play a central role in Shawky’s aesthetic. His work often captures settings and social practices that present unexpected moments of irony: significant texts are translated into different languages; age and authority become inverted; and the separation between religious and social rituals is blurred.

Curated by Sharjah Art Foundation Director Hoor Al-Qasimi, this exhibition highlights Shawky’s interest in how history is rewritten, documented and interpreted through a series of videos, installations, sculptures and drawings, including his new work Al Araba Al Madfuna II, co-produced by the Wiener Festwochen and Sharjah Art Foundation.

Artwork Images

Dictums: Manqia I

Wael Shawky
2014

4K, Ultra HD video, silent
11 minutes, 10 seconds
Film still

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Dictums: Manqia I Image

Front: Dictums: Manqia I, Right: Dictums: decorative objects

Wael Shawky
2013

Front: 4K, Ultra HD video, silent
11 minutes, 10 seconds
Film still
Right: decorative objects, 2014, wall-based vitrines containing aluminium plaques, asphalt felt
Framed dimensions 200 x 140 x 10 cm
Installation view
Photo by Alfredo Rubio

Front: Dictums: Manqia I, Right: Dictums: decorative objects Image

Dictums

Wael Shawky
2014

Decorative objects
Wall-based vitrines containing aluminium plaques, asphalt felt
Framed dimensions 200 x 140 x 10 cm
Installation view
Photo by Alfredo Rubio

Dictums Image

Al Araba Al Madfuna II

Wael Shawky
2013

Black and white video projection with sound
33 minutes
Film still
Co-produced by the Wiener Festwochen and Sharjah Art Foundation
Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

Al Araba Al Madfuna II Image

Dictums

Wael Shawky
2013

Drawing
Ink on paper
29.7 x 21 cm

Dictums Image

Al Araba Al Madfuna II

Wael Shawky
2013―2014

Series of drawings
Ink, pencil and oil on paper
Dimensions variable
Installation view
Image courtesy of the Artist

Close images
Al Araba Al Madfuna II Image

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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.