Lisson Gallery

Wael Shawky

13 September – 19 October 2019

Wael Shawky

Wael Shawky’s first exhibition with Lisson Gallery New York presents a new body of work related to the complex history and development of the Gulf region and includes drawings on paper, sculpture and installation. A natural storyteller, Shawky takes historiographical and literary references as starting points for his concentrated narratives, in which he interweaves myths, facts and fiction, as part of his ongoing investigations into how multiple accounts of history have been conceived, recorded and reshaped by posterity.

Drawing is a fundamental aspect of Shawky’s practice as it acts as a vehicle for storytelling, where actions can become realities. The drawings on display at Lisson Gallery New York are delicately rendered in graphite, pigments, ink and oil. They contain fantastical depictions of figures that exist only in the artist’s imagination, poetically staged in theatrical settings that echo the adventures of his films. With translucent tones and hints of metallic hues, the works are marked by a reflective stance towards their medium, subject matter and materiality.

Among recent projects, Shawky has been included in the 14th Sharjah Biennial entitled ‘Leaving the Echo Chamber’ (7 March – 10 June) and ‘Heart of Darkness. Can Art Prevent Mistakes?’ (1 February – 9 May) at the Officine Grandi Riparazioni in collaboration with Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin.

504 West 24th Street
New York

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