Wael Shwaky


investigate the effects of globalisation on our present-day Western society as well as the Arabic world. Politics, culture, religion, surprise, facts and fabrications are interwoven. With the help of marionettes, puppets, child actors and television show formats, he investigates the ways in which historical and mythical stories shape the way we view the world. His epic trilogy Cabaret Crusades (2010-2015) was a global success and was shown at prestigious art institutes such as MoMa PS1 (New York, 2015) and at documenta (Kassel, 2012). In 2016, the final part of this trilogy, the film Cabaret Crusades: The Secrets of Karbala, was shown at the 2016 Holland Festival. Shawky has exhibited at Kunsthaus Bregenz (Bregenz, 2016), Fondazione Merz (Turin, 2016), Museum K20 (Dusseldorf, 2014-2015), Sfeir-Semler Gallery (Beirut, 2010), the Venice Biennale (2003 and 2005), the Istanbul Biennale (2015), MoMa New York (2015) and at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha (2015). His work has received various awards. In 2010, he founded MASS Alexandria, the first independent studio programme for young artists. Shawky lives and works in Alexandria.