Dictums: Manqia I
Property from a Distinguished European Collection
Dictums: Manqia I
digital HD video, duration: 11 minutes 10 seconds
Variable - Video work
Executed in 2014, this work is number 4 of an edition of 5, plus 2 artist proofs.
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Other editions from this series were exhibited:
Wael Shawky: Dictums, Lisson Gallery, London, 31 January – 8 March 2014
Wael Shawky: Horsemen Adore Perfumes and other stories, SAF Art Spaces, Sharjah, 13 march - 13 June 2014
A herd of black camels are the central focus of the present work. Shot outside of Abu Dhabi, this video tracks the journey across the desert of these creatures which are prized across the Gulf. They are possibly on their way to a mazaynas, or beauty pageant, the winners of which then commend large sums. In line with the artist's previous works, Shawky also "[...] charts patterns of physical, economic and intellectual migration [...]"
(Lisson Gallery exhibition statement: https://www.lissongallery.com/exhibitions/wael-shawky-dictums).