Al Araba Al Madfuna II, 2013

Wael Shawky
Al Araba Al Madfuna II, 2013
Black-and-white video projection with sound
Film still


Co-produced by Sharjah Art Foundation and the Wiener Festwochen, Al Araba Al Madfuna II (2013) will be featured in the artist’s solo exhibition at SAF scheduled to open on March 13, 2014. The film re-tells the parables Horsemen Adore Perfume and The Offering by Egyptian novelist Mohamed Mustagab. As in his earlier film Al Arab Al Madfuna shown during Sharjah Biennial 11, the artist uses children dressed as adults to enact the tales while mouthing words spoken by adult voices.


Wael Shawky’s new film Al Araba Al Madfuna II premieres in London

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.