Wael Shawky lives and works in Alexandria. Shawky completed his BFA at The University of Alexandria, followed by an MFA at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. He has received many awards for his work, among others including: The International Commissioning Grant, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, 2005; The International Award of The Islamic World Arts Initiative, Arts International, New York, 2004; The American Center Foundation Grant, Philadelphia, 2004; Honorary Award, Rita Longa International Symposium, Bayamo, Cuba, 2001 and In 1996 won the Grand Nile Prize at the 6th International Cairo Biennial. Shawky has participated in workshops and projects in Egypt, Greece, Germany, Turkey, Cuba and the USA, and most recently took part in a residency programs in Codra, Thessalonica 2006 and in Istanbul 2005 based at Platform Garanti of Contemporary Art. His solo exhibitions include: The Green Land Circus, Factory Space, The Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, 2005; Loosing identity, Ludwigsburg Kunstverein, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 2005; Sidi El Asphalt's Moulid 2001 and Asphalt Quarter (representation) 2003 at The Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo. He participated in many group exhibitions, among others: Choosing my religion, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland, 2006; October Art Salon Belgrade, Serbia, 2006; Stile der stadt, Grosse Bergstrasse, Altona, Hamburg, Germany, 2006; Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2005; ADAM, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2005; Urban Realities, Focus Istanbul, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, 2005; Normalization, Platform Granti of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, 2005; Mediterraneans,The Museum of Modern Art Rome (MACRO), Italy, 2004; The 50th Venice Biennial, Venice, 2003.