Wael Shawky lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt. His most recent work 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, Shawky has explored a variety of specific themes that are often rooted in regional issues yet have profound international relevance - themes such as modernization, cultural hybridization, and marginalization.
His work has been exhibited at the Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; Serpentine Gallery, London; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Queens Museum of Art, New York; the Riwaq Biennale, Palestine; the Moscow Biennial, and Ashkal Alwan, Beirut.