Timeline

1971
Born in Alexandria, Egypt
1994
BFA: Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt
1994
Grand Akhnaton Prize, 6th Salon of Youth, Akhnaton Art Centre, Cairo, Egypt
1996
Grand Nile Prize, 6th International Cairo Biennial, Cairo, Egypt
1999
Merit Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
1999
Edna C. and Monroe Gutman Annual Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
2000
Piero Dozairo Award, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
2001
Honorary Award, Rita Longa International Symposium, Codema, Bayamo, Cuba
2001
MFA: Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, USA
2004
The American Center Foundation Grant, Philadelphia, USA
2004
The International Award of The Islamic World Arts Initiative, Arts International, New York, USA
2005
International Commissioning Grant, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, USA
2006–2007
Ford Foundation Grant, Cairo, Egypt
2007
Resident Artist (three months), Pro Helvetia, Zurich
2008
Resident Artist (one month), SFAI Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM, USA
2009
Grand Prize, 25th Alexandria Biennale, Alexandria, Egypt
2011
Ernst Schering Foundation Award
2011
Artist in Residence, Center for Possible Studies - Serpentine Gallery, London
2012
Abraaj Capital Art Prize
2013
Sharjah Biennial Award 2013 for exceptional contribution
2013
Award for the Filmic Oevre donated by Luis Vuitton and Kino der Kunst

Exhibitions

2014
Al Araba Al Madfuna 2, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2014
Dictums, Lisson Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2014
Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, Russia
2014
You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Sydney Biennial, Australia
2014
Fotofest 2014, Contemporary Arab Video, Photography and Mixed Media, Houston, USA
2014
Now Babylon – architecture, culture ansd identity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlbæk, Danmark
2014
The Anthropology Effect, MAP, Glasgow, UK (screening)
2013
Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom (solo)
2013
Videozone: Wael Shawky, Cabaret Crusades:The Horror Shoe File, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany (solo)
2013
The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
2013
Wael Shawky, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2013
Moment – Frontlines, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Stokholm, Sweden
2013
Trade Routes, Hauser und Wirth, London, United Kingdom
2013
The MAC TheMc Kinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, USA (screening)
2013
LES CHOSES DE COTE DU MONDE, Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France
2013
The Translation, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich, Swizerland
2013
A History of Inspiration, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2013
In the Heart of the Country. The Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Warzaw, Warzaw, Poland
2013
DREAMS OF REASON. Highlights of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland
2013
Re:emerge, Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE
2013
Images Festival, Toronto, Canada (screening)
2012–2013
Mirages d’Orient, Grenades et Figures de Barbaries, Chassès-croiès en Méditeranée, Collection Lambert, Avignon France
2012
9th Gwangju Biennial, Korea
2012
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
2012
Bucharest Biennial 5, Bucharest, Romania
2012
Marrakech Biennial 2012, Marrakech, Morrocco
2012
Al Araba Al Madfuna, Wael Shawky. Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2011
Kunst-Werke Berlin, Germany (solo)
2011
Serious Games Krieg, Medien ¬ Kunst, Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Germany
2011
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England (solo)
2011
Drawings and Flags from Cabaret Crusades, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England (solo)
2011
Larvae Channel series, The Delfina Foundation, London, England (solo)
2011
12. Istanbul Biennial, Turkey
2010–2011
Whael Shawky Comtemporary Myths II / Mounira Al Solh Exhibition No. 17, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut
2010–2011
Contemporary Myths, Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy (solo)
2010
Contemporary Art and Mutual Trust, Sanat Limaný, Istanbul, Turkey
2009
Video installations and drawings, Darat al Funum, Amman, Jordan (solo)
Larvae Channel 2, Gentili Apri, Berlin, Germany (solo)
25th Alexandria Biennale for Mediterranean Countries, Alexandria Biennale for Mediterranean Countries, Alexandria, Egypt
Golden Gates - Contemporary Art from the Middle East, F&A Projects, Paris, France
The columns held us up, Artists Space, New York City, NY
TAWASSOL-CONTACT, Artericambi, Verona, Italy
Rites de Passage, SCHUNCK*, Heerlen, Netherlands
Tarjama/Translation, Queens Museum of Art, New York City, NY
Re.Oriente.Ate, Selma Feriani Gallery, London, England
Socially Disorganised, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia
2008
Medium Religion, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
SITE Santa Fe, SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Santa Fe, NM
OÙ ? Scènes du Sud – Volet 2, Carré d´art, Musée d´art contemporain de Nîmes, Nimes, France
ALL OUR EVERYDAYS, Gallery VER, Bangkok, Thailand
Kolekcja Bunkra Sztuki, Stary Browar, Poznan, Poland
2007
Then you will return to Me and I will judge between you in the matters in which you used to dispute, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (solo)
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
The Forty Days Road. Wet Culture – Dry Culture, Gallery of Contemporary Art Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland (solo)
Gestures of infinity, Minoriten Kultur, Graz, Austria
GEGENWART AUS JAHRTAUSENDEN, Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Ägypten, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Out of Place, Galerie Sfeir-Semler -Beirut, , Beirut, Lebanon
Out of Place, Galerie Sfeir-Semler - Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
2006
Fremd bin ich eingezogen, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
AYOR: No Man’s Land, Hellenic American Union Gallery, Athens, Greece
47th October Salon, Oktobarski Salon / October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia
Choosing my Religion, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Switzerland
Coding:Decoding, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark
5 Tage bis zum Ende der Kunst, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Outside The Living Room, GB agency, Paris, France
2005
Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt (solo)
loose your identity, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany (solo)
PhotoCairo3, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
9th Ýstanbul Biennial, International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
ADAM, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Urbane Realitäten - Fokus Istanbul, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Nuove acquisizioni. Due anni di crescita della colleziuone, MACRO al Mattatoio, Rome, Italy
Normalization, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey
2003
La Bienalle di Venezia 2003, Venice, Italy
Body and the Archive, Artists Space, New York, NY
International Video Invitational, F A Projects, London, UK
24/7: Wilno - Nueva York (visa para), Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania
50th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
2001
Sidi El Asphalt's Moulid, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt (solo)
Square and Circle, Darag El Fan, Beirut, Lebanon
Rita Longa International Art Symposium, Codema, Bayamo, Cuba
2000
Group Exhibition, Meyrson Hall Gallery, PA
Group Exhibition, Annex Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
1999
Group Exhibition, Meyrson Hall Gallery, PA
1997
Contemporary Egyptian Art, Kunst Historischan Museum, Vienna, Austria
1996
6th International Cairo Biennial, Museum of Modern Art, Cairo, Egypt
Group Exhibition, Al-Hanagar Gallery, Cairo, Eqypt
1994
6th Salon of Youth, Akhnaton Art Centre, Cairo, Egypt
1993
5th Al-Marsam Group Exhibition, L'Atalier D'Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt
The whole and the parts, Goethe Institute, Alexandria, Egypt
1992
Alexandrians of the World, Museum of Fine Arts, Alexandria, Egypt
1991
3rd Salon of Youth, Nile Hall, Cairo Opera House, Cairo, Egypt

Public Collections

Tate Modern, London, UK
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Kunstsammlungen Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
Macro Museum, Rome, Italy
Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan
Mart Museum Collection, Terento, Italy
Mudam, Luxembourg
Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg
Galeria Sztuki Wspolczesnej, Bunkier Sztukim, Krakow, Poland
APT Dubai, UAE