Wael Shawky: Al Araba Al Madfuna / KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin / Interview

The Egyptian artist Wael Shawky has created a new, large-scale work for his current solo exhibition entitled Al Araba Al Madfuna at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. The solo show is part of the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award 2011 that he won. Wael Shawky is known for the reenactment of historic events with children and marionettes.

Wael Shawky was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1971. He studied at The University of Alexandria, followed by an MFA at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. He received numerous awards and participated in major group shows such as the Venice Biennale (2003), the Santa Fe Biennial (2008), and Documenta 13 in Kassel (2012). Wael Shawky lives and works in Alexandria.

In this video, Wael Shawky talks about his exhibition in Berlin and his work in general. The exhibition Al Araba Al Madfuna at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin runs until October 21, 2012.

Wael Shawky: Al Araba Al Madfuna at KW Institute for Contemporary Art – Kunst-Werke Berlin e. V. Interview with Wael Shawky, August 24, 2012. Video: Frantisek Zachoval.

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