Wael Shawky’s thought-provoking work is one of kind. Exploring controversial subjects of history and political and social change, he reinvents conventional models of artistic practice to create completely new visual languages.
Working mainly across film, performance and drawing, he reflects on the way history and mythology are written, offering these alongside carefully constructed narratives of uncertainty and chance.
‘Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades and Other Stories’ will present large-scale installations of his two film trilogies – Cabaret Crusades (2010-2015) and Al Araba Al Madfuna (2012-2015).
The most recent film in the Cabaret Crusades trilogy was commissioned by Qatar Museums in 2014. The series draws on Amin Maalouf’s The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (1983), and is a disconcerting look at historical fights for power that are still globally relevant today.
The exhibition will also premiere a new film commissioned by Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, which will complete the Al Araba Al Madfuna trilogy as a re-telling of the stories of Egyptian novelist Mohamed Mustagab.
Displayed alongside the films will be some of the marionette puppets from the Cabaret Crusades and drawings from both film trilogies, giving the exhibition a tangible, three-dimensional quality. Shawky’s work has been exhibited to critical acclaim across the globe, and this is one exhibition that is not to be missed.
March 17-August 16 2015. Check the website for latest times. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar Foundation, Education City, Doha, www.mathaf.org.qa.