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Interview

Expo

Wael Shawky's dream

Zeynep Kubat

Praktische info

Wael Shawky: Dry Culture Wet Culture until 28 August 2022, Museum M, Leuven. www.mleuven.be

Egyptian artist Wael Shawky (°1971) immerses his audience in a seductive and surreal oeuvre about the shared history of Eastern and Western cultures. Rather than pursuing a political debate, he challenges us to evaluate ingrained narratives. In M Leuven, Shawky shows three vast and long-term projects: The Gulf Project Camp (2019 - 2021), Cabaret Crusades (2010-2015), and The Cave (2005). As we travel together through his imagined societies of asphalt, graphite, wood, and Venetian glass, Shawky reveals the transformative power of the dream, migration, and society-building.

Zeynep Kubat: You define migration as a transformative process, as more than simply a movement in time and space. How do you translate this transformative power into your work and this exhibition?

Wael Shawky: The title of this exhibition is D…

Wael Shawky, Relief of the Siege of Jerusalem 1189-91 (after Jean Colombe’s After the capture of Acre 1189 by Bourges, 1475), 2018, hand cut wood and gold foil, 146 x 119 x 6 cm. © Wael Shawky, courtesy Lisson Gallery