The structure of identity / How to decode a foreign culture?
23 III 2007
from the cycle: „Interpretations”
friday, 6.30 pm
Participants: Beata Kowalska PhD (Sociology Institute of UJ), Agnieszka Sabor (“Tygodnik Powszechny”) and Wael Shawky.
The meeting accompanies the next exhibition from the Transculture cycle. The works shown at Wael Shawky’s exhibition are characterized by a language rich in symbols. The artist from Egypt arranges a clash of elements belonging to distant social systems. Creating new qualities basing on codes which are used by foreign or even antagonistically inclined cultures has a hybrid nature. Cultures touch each other, they combine and form different mutations, but their overriding characteristics are constant and unchangeable. The artist, while in the process of translating foreign identities, uses the symbolism of architecture (of a mosque, or a catholic church), the quality of materials he uses (clay, water), and the specific features of migrations of people, of social processes and civilizational changes (modernization, resettlement).