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Announcement Number: 11868, Posted 2017-04-06 13:30:32

Exhibitor: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Visiting Artists Program
Event For: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wael Shawky Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 p.m. The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Centered on extensive periods of research and enquiry, the work of Egyptian artist Wael Shawky tackles notions of national, religious, and artistic identity through film, performance and storytelling. Whether instructing Bedouin children to act out the construction of an airport runway or organizing a concert in a remote village, Shawky frames contemporary culture through the lens of historical tradition and vice versa. Mixing truth and fiction, Shawky has staged epic recreations of the medieval clashes between Muslims and Christians in his trilogy of puppets and marionettes - titled Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show Files, The Path to Cairo, and The Secrets of Karbala.


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