- What’s On
One of the most important voices to emerge from the Middle East in the last decade, Wael Shawky presents his series Dictums, which includes a brand-new work being exhibited for the first time.
Dictums refers to a live performance originally produced for the Sharjah Biennial in 2013 in which Shawky assembled 30 workers of primarily Pakistani origin to clap and chant through a recital by two professional musicians or qawwals, trained in singing traditional Sufi ballads. With this sound piece and the accompanying documentary film, Dictums 10:120, which recalls the chapters of a holy text, Shawky manages to combine the sacred with the profane as he has done in his previous works.
In his new work, Dictums: Manqia I (2014), Shawky films camels in a desert near Abu Dhabi to chart patterns of physical, economic and intellectual migration in this region.