• Wael Shawky, Cabaret Crusades: The Secrets of Karbala, Drawing 14, 2015, oil, pencil, and ink on cotton paper, 22 1/2 × 30".

    Wael Shawky

    Sfeir-Semler Gallery | Beirut

    One of the most popular and critically acclaimed works in Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann’s 2011 Istanbul Biennial was Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File, 2010, Wael Shawky’s video inspired by Amin Maalouf’s 1983 book The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, which tells the story of the Western conquest of the Middle East as represented by Arab sources. The first installment of Shawky’s then-developing Cabaret Crusades trilogy, The Horror Show File covered the period from 1095 (when Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade) to 1099, the year Jerusalem, until then under control of the Fatimid

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