Al Araba Al Madfuna, 2012

Wael Shawky
Al Araba Al Madfuna, 2012
Black and white video projection with sound
21 minutes, 21 seconds
Film still
Photo courtesy of the Artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg

Overview

Dressed like grown men, with glued-on moustaches and dubbed with the voices of adults, a group of boys retell a story by Egyptian writer Mohamed Mustagab. Shawky builds upon his own experiences with researchers and archaeologists involved in treasure hunting in Upper Egypt to consider this parable about the folly of blindly following one’s forebears.


2013

This project was part of Sharjah Biennial 11

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Al Araba Al Madfuna

Wael Shawky
2012

Black and white video projection with sound
21 minutes, 21 seconds
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Al Araba Al Madfuna

Wael Shawky
2012

Black and white video projection with sound
21 minutes, 21 seconds
Film still
Photo courtesy of the Artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg

Al Araba Al Madfuna Image

Al Araba Al Madfuna

Wael Shawky
2012

Black and white video projection with sound
21 minutes, 21 seconds
Film still
Photo courtesy of the Artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg

Al Araba Al Madfuna Image

Al Araba Al Madfuna

Wael Shawky
2012

Black and white video projection with sound
21 minutes, 21 seconds
Film still
Photo courtesy of the Artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg

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Shawky, Wael

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