Graduate Fine Arts

Wael Shawky

Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting Professor 2016-2017

B.F.A.: Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt 1994
M.F.A.: Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, USA , 2001

Wael Shawky uses a range of media to produce work that explores issues of history, religion, culture and the effects of globalisation on society today. In photographs, installations, videos and performances, he mines traditions of entertainment and performance through multilayered historical reconstructions that force viewers to navigate the territory of truth, myth and stereotype. Shawky’s solo exhibitions include Serpentine Galleries, London, UK (2013-2014), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA (2013), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2012), Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2011), Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2011) and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy (2010) among other venues. Recent group presentations include dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany (2012) and the Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011). He received the Schering Foundation Art Award and the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2011. Shawky’s residencies include Sharjah Art Foundation’s Witness Programme and the Serpentine’s Edgware Road Project. Shawky founded MASS Alexandria, an independent studio study programme for young artists in Alexandria in 2010.