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 that force viewers to navigate the territory of truth, myth, stereotype and cliché.