We at TAE are always on the lookout for great artistic talents worldwide, and we think Wael Shawky is just one of the many others out there who deserve plenty of recognition. We learned of his amazing display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

The solo exhibition (Wael’s first at a major American museum) is on view since January 31st and will last until the 31st of August, so there’s still plenty of time for everyone to plan stuff and come on over. Wael presents his epic video trilogy which recounts The Crusades, but with a twist – it’s from the Arab perspective.

According to him, it was inspired by The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Lebanese historian Amin Maalouf. Wael’s videos tackle the various European campaigns all the way to the Holy Land.

Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show Files from 2010 tackles the early Crusades from 1096–1099 A.D. while Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo from 2012 is more about the First and Second Crusades from 1099–1145 A.D.

The third and final video of this series, called Cabaret Crusades: The Secrets of Karbala, debuted at the exhibition. Located at the 3rd Floor of MoMA PS1, here’s a clip you can check out:






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