SHARIF WAKED

Lives & works in (Palestine)
Very active in: 90s, 2000s, Current decade


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Born 1964 in Nazareth, Palestinia.

Visual Artist, Painter, Graphic Designer and Children's Books Illustrator. Studies: 1983-1986 Haifa University, creative art and philosophy. Prizes: Anderson Prize and Mark of Distinction, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, for children's book illustration, "A Child Going Upstairs".
Lives and works in Haifa/Nazareth. He is part of a group of Palestinian artists emerging in the international scene and drawing much attention.
He exhibited his work at various international museums and biennials. The Video piece "Chic Pont" has recently been on display at the Tate Modern, London

In his works, Sharif Waked consistently explores and challenges the essence and boundaries of visual perception. Sight is fundamentally subjected tol fixation and is founded on the body's location, on the senses, on multiplicity and constant change.

Focus on : Chic Point (2003):

Chic Point: Fashion for Israeli Checkpoints draws the contours of the Palestinian Israeli quagmire on the male bodies of the models: The fashion show that the video simulates, where Waked explores visually the nexus of politics, consumption, and desire.
A seven minute video that imagines, and interrogates "fashion for Israeli checkpoints". Set to the backdrop of a heavy rhythmic beat. Men models with zippers, weaved nets, hoods, and buttons serve the unifying theme of exposed flesh. Raw materials and standard clothes are transformed into pieces that follow normative fashion standards while calling them into question.
As the sights and sounds of the fast paced catwalk dim to a close, the viewer is transported to the West Bank and Gaza. A series of photos from the years 2000 to 2003 display Palestinian men crossing the profoundly violent but highly common Israeli checkpoint. One man after another lifts shirts, robes, and jackets. Some kneel shirtless, others naked, with guns poised at their exposed flesh.

Chic Point brings these locations together in a reflection on politics, power, aesthetics, the body, humiliation, surveillance, and chosen as opposed to forced nudity. The body of the Palestinian, today commonly understood by the Israeli state as a dangerous weapon, is brought to the viewer´s eye in the flesh. Chic Point bares the loaded politics of the gaze as it documents the thousands of moments in which Palestinians are forced to nude themselves in the face of interrogation and humiliation, as they attempt to move through the expanding network of Israeli checkpoints.


Review by Le Choismier Christophe
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