Al Araba Al Madfuna
29 November, 2019 — 31 January 2020
Barakat Contemporary presents Al Araba Al Madfuna, an exhibition by Egyptian artist Wael Shawky, from November 29, 2019, to January 31, 2020.
Considered one of the most important artists in the Middle East, Wael Shawky attempts to reinterpret established historical narratives through film and a range of other media using storytelling that mixes truth with fiction. Holding history to be not a record of facts but the translation and interpretation of its writer, he draws upon in-depth investigations and research to create elaborate works that pose questions about the given historicity. In addition to a film based on the mythology of an Egyptian region “Al Araba Al Madfuna,” this exhibition will also be presenting works of drawings and paintings by Shawky for the first time anywhere.
Wael Shawky was born in 1971 in Alexandria, Egypt. Currently, he divides his time between his hometown and Philadelphia. His major recent solo exhibitions have been held at venues including the Castello di Rivoli (2016) and the Fondazione Merz (2016), both in Turin, MoMA PS1 in New York City (2015), Serpentine Galleries in London (2013-14), and KW Institute for Contemporary Art (2012). His major recent group exhibitions include the 14th/9th Istanbul Biennial (2015, 2005), 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013), 13th documenta (Kassel; 2012), 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012), and 50th Venice Biennale (2003). Since 2015, Shawky has established MASS Alexandria, an educational program, in his hometown and provided support to young artists in the area.