Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show Files
+ Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo
2010–12, Wael Shawky, Egypt/Italy/France, ca. 90 min.
- Thu, Apr 13th 6:00pm
The rich and provocative work of Egyptian artist Wael Shawky uses film and performance to explore the complexities of national, religious, and artistic identity. With the three-part CABARET CRUSADES, he restages the medieval upheaval between Muslim and Christian worlds through Arab eyes. Using a cast of exquisitely crafted marionettes, Shawky highlights the religious and secular motivations for the wars, reflecting on the social and political landscape of the world today. The first two episodes of the trilogy meditate on the bloody events of the First Crusade, beginning with Pope Urban II’s call to establish Christian rule throughout the Holy Land in 1095. Featured are antique wooden marionettes from the Lupi collection in Turin and contemporary ceramic marionettes produced in collaboration with puppeteers and ceramists from Italy and France. In classical Arabic with English subtitles. HD digital file. (Amy Beste)
Shawky introduces and discusses the first two parts of the trilogy, CABARET CRUSADES: THE HORROR SHOW FILES (2010) and CABARET CRUSADES: THE PATH TO CAIRO (2012) at 6:00 p.m. and introduces the third, CABARET CRUSADES: THE SECRETS OF KARBALA (2015) at 8:15 p.m. Presented in collaboration with SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program, which presents an artist talk by Wael Shawky on Wednesday, April 12. See saic.edu/vap for details.
APRIL 13: Wael Shawky in person.