In conjunction with the exhibition “Museum as Hub: An accord is first and foremost only a proposition”, Wael Shawky presents a screening and discussion of his Telematch series (2007-09). The project references a German television show of the same name that was popularized in Egypt and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s. An early telecast game show, it brought together people from two villages who were dressed in medieval costuming, and organized competitions between the two groups. Shawky’s series includes Telematch Sadat (2007), a video in which the artist worked with children to create an enactment of events surrounding 1981 assassination of Egypt’s president Anwar El Sadat.
Born in 1971 in Alexandria, Egypt, Wael Shawky received his BFA at the University of Alexandria, and an MFA at the University of Pennsylvania. He has presented numerous solo exhibitions including Gallery Sfeir-Semler, Beirut; Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella; Townhouse Gallery, Cairo; and Ludwigsburg Kunstverein, Ludwigsburg. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal; Arko Museum, Seoul; Queens Museum of Art, New York; 7th SITE Santa Fe Biennial; Carré d’Art – Musée d'Art Contemporain, Nimes; Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland; October Art Salon Belgrade; the 2nd Riwaq Biennale, Palestine; the 2nd Moscow Biennale; 9th International Istanbul Biennial; Focus Istanbul, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Platform Garanti, Istanbul; The Museum of Modern Art Rome; The 50th Venice Biennale. He is the recipient of the Grand Prizes of the 6th International Cairo Biennale and the 25th Alexandria Biennale; The International Commissioning Grant, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, 2005; The International Award of The Islamic World Arts Initiative, Arts International, New York, 2004. He is the founding director of MASS Alexandria, an independent art education space for young artists. Shawky lives and works in Alexandria.
Thursday, February 10, 2011 | 7:00 PM