In photographs, installations, videos and performances, Wael Shawky 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 arestaging 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(2012); Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2011); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2011) and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy (2010), among other venues.
Recent group exhibitions 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. Shawky founded the educational space MASS Alexandria in 2010.
This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 11
Accompanying Wael Shawky's exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, this book contains three short stories authored by Mohamed Mustagab and drawings by Shawky.
Wael Shawky uses a range of media to explore issues of history, religion, culture and the effects of globalisation on society today.
Wael Shawky joins Curator Murtaza Vali in conversation about the vernacular in his work.
This catalogue accompanied Sharjah Biennial 11.