Born in Alexandria, the artist became known almost overnight a few years ago. He was working on a trilogy of films called Cabaret Crusades, which he presented for the first time at the Istanbul Biennial 2011. Their subject matter is the medieval crusades of the 11th and 12th centuries, their sets represent the sites of oriental battlefields. In contrast to conventional films, Wael Shawky narrates the crusades from an Arab point of view, remaining faithful to the book The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by the Franco-Lebanese author Amin Maalouf, published in 1983. Read more.
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