Al Araba Al Madfuna - Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award 2011
Their tapping, knocking, and hammering rings out softly and steadily in the deep of the night. On their search for the treasures of the pharaohs buried under the surface, they were following the auguries of the Great Jabir ...
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, Egypt, in 1971) is the winner of the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award 2011. For his first, extensive, institutional solo exhibition, he has created a new, large-scale work.