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Wael Shawky

Kunsthaus Bregenz

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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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Cabaret Crusades: The Secrets of Karbala

Cabaret Crusades: The Secrets of Karbala (2015), Wael Shawky. Courtesy of Wael Shawky and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut | Hamburg

Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File

Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File (2010), Wael Shawky. Courtesy of Wael Shawky and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut | Hamburg

Cabaret Crusades: The Secrets of Karbala – Static Marionette

Cabaret Crusades: The Secrets of Karbala – Static Marionette (2014), Wael Shawky. Courtesy of Wael Shawky and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut | Hamburg

Cabaret Crusades: The Secrets of Karbala. Marionette #125

Cabaret Crusades: The Secrets of Karbala. Marionette #125 (2014), Wael Shawky. Courtesy of Wael Shawky and Sfeir-Semler Galerie, Hamburg | Beirut

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