Sharif Waked

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Born in 1964 in Nazareth, Israel, Sharif Waked lives and works in Haifa. With ferocious humor, Waked engages with the Middle-Eastern political conflict, turning terror into a somber cabaret. “Chic Point” (2003) is a seven-minute video that imagines "fashion for Israeli checkpoints”. Young men parade down the catwalk, gradually revealing their toned midriffs. The piece evokes military checkpoints where people have to show their stomach to soldiers to insure that they are not wearing an explosives belt. In “Jericho First”, Waked connects the first stage of the Oslo Agreement – Jericho First – with the violence of a hunting scene. An image of a lion attacking a deer found in a mosaic floor at Hisham Palace in Jericho is transformed using a mathematical function fed into a graphic design software.

Sharif Waked has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including “Tarjama/Translation” at the Queens Museum of Art, New York and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY (2009-10), the 9th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (2009), “This Life” at the Contemporary Art Center of South Australia - CASCA, Adelaide (2009), “The Aesthetics of Terror” at CAM - Chelsea Art Museum, New York (2008), “In Focus,” at Tate Modern, London (2007) and “E-flux Video Rental” at Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, Arthouse at the Jones Center - Contemporary Art for Texas, Austin and Portikus, Frankfurt/Main (2005-2007).