In ART, General
Following the last issue of Selections, Frequently Asked Questions in Art, we continue our quest to analyse what surrounds us in the art world. However, this time, for our 21 Artists and a Biennial issue, we take you backstage to expose you to the world of research in the 21st century. Because the most important part of our work is research, we analyse both the material we receive and what we find, basing ourselves on today’s most common search tools: online search engines, online encyclopaedia, social media, carefully written press releases, email exchanges with the artist’s gallery and the artist him/herself. After laying down the information we’ve gathered onto our pages, we invite you to make your own analysis.
Portrait of Wael Shawky. Image courtesy of Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg

Portrait of Wael Shawky. Image courtesy of Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg

Wael Shawky
Artist and filmmaker

He has an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa), from the Graduate Centre, City University of New York, USA

 

From Wael Shawky’s Facebook page

Wael Shawky (b.1971, Alexandria, Egypt) lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt and Philadelphia, USA. In 2010 Founded MASS Alexandria, Egypt, (an independent nonprofit school for contemporary art that offers spaces for art practices, interdisciplinary research and critical thinking education). His work has been showcased at major international exhibitions such as Sharjah Biennial 14 (2019); AroS Aurhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (2018); Theatre de Welt, Hamburg (2017); Castello Di Rivoli, Museum D’Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2016); MoMA PS1, New York (2015); 15th Istanbul Biennale (2015); SALT, Istanbul (2014); Here & Elsewhere, The New Museum, New York (2014); Serpentine Gallery, London (2014); Re:emerge, Sharjah Biennial (2013); Documenta 13, Kassel (2012); 9th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2012); 12th International Istanbul Biennial (2011).

 

 

Wael Shawky, Al Araba Al Madfuna II, video still 1. Image courtesy of Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg

Wael Shawky, Al Araba Al Madfuna II, video still 1. Image courtesy of Sfeir-Semler Gallery,
Beirut/Hamburg

 

HIS ARTISTIC PROCESS ANALYSES THEMES SUCH AS THE SOCIAL, CULTURAL, POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS DYNAMICS OF THE ARAB WORLD, ESPECIALLY IN OPPOSITION TO WESTERN CIVILISATION

 

 

 

 

He is celebrated especially for his masterful use of marionettes that he employs to illustrate evocative moments of Arab history.

The Roland Song. The Arabic Version, 2017_premier at Theater der Welt, Kampnagel_© Janto Djassi. Image courtesy of Sfeir- Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg.


The Roland Song. The Arabic Version, 2017_premier at Theater der Welt, Kampnagel_© Janto Djassi. Image courtesy of Sfeir- Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg.

 

 

Awards:
The Honorary Citizenship of the City of Palermo (2017)
Sharjah Biennial Award (2013) Award for the Filmic Oeuvre, created by Louis Vuitton
Kino der Kunst, Munich (2013)
Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Dubai, joint winner (2012)
Kunstpreis Schering Stiftung, Berlin (2011)
Grand Prize, 25th Alexandria Biennale (2009)

 

 

Dictums, 2013, Sharjah biennial 11. Image courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation and Sfeir- Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg.
Dictums, 2013, Sharjah biennial 11. Image courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation and Sfeir- Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg.

Works in Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Tate Modern, London, UK; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany; MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE; APT Dubai, Dubai, UAE; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE; Serpentine Gallery, London, UK; Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan; MACRO: Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Rome, Italy; Mart Museum Collection, Trento, Italy; Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warssawie: Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland; MUDAM: Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Margulies Collection, Miami, USA; Inhotim, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; François Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy

 

 

VENICE BIENNALE – Wael Shawky
LOCATION: Fondazione Berengo Art Space


Wael Shawky’s work is exhibited at the sixth edition of Glasstress. He has been invited again by Glasstress to explore “how glass redefines our perception of space.


A VERSION OF THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN PRINT IN SELECTIONS, 21 ARTISTS AND A BIENNIAL #49, PAGES 152 – 157.

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