Fondazione Merz

Wael Shawky. Al Araba Al Madfuna

2 novembre 2016 – 5 febbraio 2017


un progetto del vincitore della 3a edizione del Mario Merz Prize


a cura di Abdellah Karroum

The site-specific installation centres around the artist’s film trilogy Al Araba Al Madfuna, presented together for the first time.

Here, the viewer is led through a series of immersive environments that physically compile the films’ contents – architectural set designs and sculptures. The installations, specially created for the exhibition, create an original atmosphere drawn from the historical, literary and cinematographic references from which the artist has built his stories.

Al Araba Al Madfuna continues Shawky’s interest, explored in several projects over the last decade, in using existing stories and histories from our culture, as a point of departure for cinematic exploration. Shawky’s work is based on historical narratives, sociological interpretations, and fictional writing, from which he constructs his way of looking at past myths alongside the realities of the present.

Supported by Fondazione CRT

A special thanks to Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art,Qatar Museums, Doha, for having generously permitted us to screen the world premiere of Al Araba Al Madfuna III.