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Wael Shawky: Kunstpreis der Schering Stiftung 2011

Wael Shawky: Kunstpreis der Schering Stiftung 2011
Photo: Julia Zimmermann

Al Araba Al Madfuna, 2012
video, black and white, 21 min | video still | courtesy the artist

Al Araba Al Madfuna, 2012 video, black and white, 21 min | video still | courtesy the artist
Photo: Wael Shawky

Al Araba Al Madfuna, 2012
video, black and white, 21 min | video still | courtesy the artist

Al Araba Al Madfuna, 2012 video, black and white, 21 min | video still | courtesy the artist
Photo: Wael Shawky

Al Araba Al Madfuna, 2012
video, black and white, 21 min | video still | courtesy the artist

Al Araba Al Madfuna, 2012 video, black and white, 21 min | video still | courtesy the artist
Photo: Wael Shawky

Al Araba Al Madfuna, 2012
video, black and white, 21 min | video still | courtesy the artist

Al Araba Al Madfuna, 2012 video, black and white, 21 min | video still | courtesy the artist
Photo: Wael Shawky

Al Araba Al Madfuna, 2012
video, black and white, 21 min | video still | courtesy the artist

Al Araba Al Madfuna, 2012 video, black and white, 21 min | video still | courtesy the artist
Photo: Wael Shawky

Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File, 2010
Video, 31’ | still image | courtesy the artist

Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File, 2010 Video, 31’ | still image | courtesy the artist
Photo: Wael Shawky

Wael Shawky

Schering Stiftung Art Award 2011

Wael Shawky

Schering Stiftung Art Award 2011


The Egyptian artist Wael Shawky is a storyteller: historiographical and literary sources form the starting point for his concentrated film narratives, in which he interweaves myths, facts, and fiction. The actors, backdrops, and costumes, music, and text each become self-contained narrative voices and through their interplay, fracture ossified views of history. His poetic staging of historical events allows the concealed backgrounds of current thinking and actions to emerge and enables us to think anew about the past and the present.

Wael Shawky (born in Alexandria in 1971) studied fine arts at the University of Alexandria and at the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the University of Pennsylvania (USA). In 2010, he established the studio space and study program MASS Alexandria. His works have been shown at the 50th Biennale di Venezia (2003), the 12th Istanbul Biennale (2011), and currently at dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel (2012), among others.

The jury of the 2011 Art Award about their choice:
“Wael Shawky’s film oeuvre is remarkably impressive due to its consistent development and extraordinary precision: His re-performances of historical and political events ignite unconventional perspectives, which exceed reflections of Egyptian societal structures. He creates images that are crafted with technical mastership and therefore induce an immediate persuasiveness.”

On the occasion of the exhibition, a catalog will be published with Walter König publishers, including contributions by Shahira Issa, Heike Catherina Mertens, Jessica Morgan and Susanne Pfeffer.

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Publication — November 27, 2013

Wael Shawky: Al Araba Al Madfuna

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Gallery — August 25, 2012

Festive Event

Wael Shawky - Schering Stiftung Art Award 2011

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Wael Shawky – Award Winner Exhibition 

Wael Shawky – an Artist Talk 

Exhibition — August 26 – October 21, 2012

Wael Shawky's poetic staging of historical events allows the concealed backgrounds of current thinking and actions to emerge and enables us to think anew about the past and the present.

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Artist talk — January 12, 2012

On Friday, 12 October 2012 at 6 p.m. an artist talk with Wael Shawky will take place at KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Auguststr. 69, 10117 Berlin).The Egyptian artist received...

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The Schering Stiftung Art Award is a collaboration between the Schering Stiftung and KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
The cultural programming of KW Institute for Contemporary Art is made possible with support from the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

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