Wael Shawky Egypt, b. 1971


        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.