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Schering Stiftung Art Award 2011

On August 25, 2012, the exhibition El Araba El Madfuna by Wael Shawky, winner of the 2011  Schering Stiftung Art Award will open at the KW Institute of Contemporary Art. The award, which is presented by the Ernst Schering Foundation in cooperation with KW, includes a solo exhibition at KW, a catalogue, and prize money of 10,000 Euro. For his first major institutional solo exhibition, Wael Shawky will create a new, large-scale work.

The films, installations, and performative works of the Egyptian artist Wael Shawky explore the ways in which social and political systems have been restructured in Arab countries over the past several decades. Through restaging historical events with children and marionettes, Shawky turns cultural hybridization into a narrative and aesthetic strategy. Using displacement and alienation in content and form, he creates a transitional space between documentation, fiction, and animation. Lovingly and meticulously produced settings and costumes, a wealth of literary and historic references, and astutely selected music come together to create extraordinarily multifaceted films that invite us to think about history and the present day in new ways.

The jury consisted of Horst Bredekamp (Humboldt University Berlin, member of the foundation council of the Ernst Schering Foundation, Berlin), Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel), Elena Filipovic (WIELS, Brussels), Susanne Pfeffer (KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin) and Rein Wolfs (Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel). To support their choice out of the 15 artists nominated by international curators, the jury states: “Wael Shawky’s film oeuvre is remarkably impressive due to its consistent development and extraordinary precision: His re-performances of historical and political events ignite unconventional perspectives, which exceed reflections of Egyptian societal structures. He creates images that are crafted with technical mastership and therefore induce an immediate persuasiveness.”

The solo exhibition of Wael Shawky at KW Institute for Contemporary Art will take place in December 2011.

Wael Shawky lives in Alexandria where he was born in 1971. He studied Fine Art at the University of Alexandria and the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). His work has been shown at the 50th Biennale di Venezia (2003) and the 9th Istanbul Biennale (2005) among other places.

The curators invited to nominate artists: Lerato Bereng (ZA), Wang Dong (CN), Galit Eilat (NL), Peter Eleey (USA), Massimiliano Gioni (IT), Jens Hoffmann (USA), Anthony Huberman (USA), Abdellah Karroum (MA), Chus Martínez (ES), Stéphanie Moisdon (FR), Jessica Morgan (GB), Nicolaus Schafhausen (NL), Basak Senova (TR), Christine Tohme (LB), What, How and for Whom / WHW (HR).

Wael Shawky
Schering Stiftung Art Award 2011

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststr. 69 | 10117 Berlin

August 26 – October 21, 2012
Opening: Saturday, August 25, 2012, 5 to 10 pm
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 12 – 7 pm, Thur 12 – 9 pm
Admission: 6 Euro, concessions 4 Euro


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Photo: Dave Southwood