Please join us for an evening event to mark the first part of Wael Shawky's residency in London through a partnership with the Serpentine Gallery's Centre for Possible Studies and the Townhouse Gallery.
Born in Alexandria in 1971, Wael Shawky's characteristic drawings, installation and sculptural works, using asphalt and galvanised wire since 1998, coincide with his early experiments with performance and video.
His work often deals with the dichotomies and contradictions of social norms, primarily relating to culture and religion. Possessing an acute sense of the absurd, he raises questions about what is generally perceived as normal" and "acceptable". Within this context, Wael has explored a variety of specific themes that are often rooted in regional issues yet have profound international relevance - themes such as modernisation, cultural hybridisation, and marginalisation."
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