Wael Shawky


A series of film works, sculptures, and new wooden high-reliefs by the Egyptian artist inspired by the Crusades and narrated from an Arab rather than a European point of view.


ISBN: 9788857234922 Category:

Marcella Beccaria


Wael Shawky (Alexandria, Egypt, 1971) is one of the most fascinating contemporary Arab artists. He investigates history, its interpretations, and the ways in which the past influences the present. This catalog is dedicated to his research on the history of the Crusades, embodied in his environments, films, sculptures, and drawings. These works, narrated from an Arab point of view, shed new light on the roots of some of the major cultural and sociopolitical crises of today. Published on the occasion of his solo exhibition at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, this catalogue includes a new artist’s project consisting of drawings realized in dialog with Heinrich von Kleist’s essay “On the Marionette Theater” (1810), as well as new critical essays by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Laura U. Marks and a conversation between Marcella Beccaria and the artist. Together with archival materials and works related to Shawky’s film series Cabaret Crusades , the catalog presents for the first time a scholarly exhibition chronology up to the present. The anthology section includes texts and essays by Hoor Al-Qasimi, Lance M. Fung, Cesar Garcia, Abdellah Karroum, Hassan Khan, Doris Krystof, Ansgar Lorenz, Denize Marray, Jessica Morgan, Hans Ulrich Obrist, November Paynter, Adriano Pedrosa, Susanne Pfeffer, Sarah Rifky, Jacques Sapiega, Anna Smolak, Gilane Tawadros, Pier Luigi Tazzi, and Judith Wielander, in addition to those of the artist and the curators.

Additional information

Weight 1768 g
Dimensions 24.7 x 28.7 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 1 May 2018
Number of pages 252
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
Dimensions 24.7 x 28.7 cm
Weight 1768 g


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