Digital Church, 2007
Video, color, sound, 17:41 min

Al Aqsa 2006 and Digital Church 2007

The two films concern a sensitive topic: religion in the modern world ­ a driving force of history, which has to date failed to find a safe space for a dialogue. Wael Shawky tries to achieve the impossible. He enters a Roman Catholic church in order to pray from the Holy Qu’ran.The Arabic chant of his invocation remains impenetrable to those entering the place of worship. On this occasion, the lack of comprehension leads to a peaceful coexistence between the worshippers of two rival religions. In the church, the artist quotes the sura devoted to the life of Mary, who is similarly perceived and adored in both religions. This starting point provides an opportunity to venture beyond the stereotypical view of Islam and Christianity. Shawky seeks common ground, while not refraining from pointing out the differences.

Digital Church, 2007
Digital Church, 2007
Video, color, sound, 17:41 min

Al Aqsa 2006 and Digital Church 2007

The two films concern a sensitive topic: religion in the modern world ­ a driving force of history, which has to date failed to find a safe space for a dialogue. Wael Shawky tries to achieve the impossible. He enters a Roman Catholic church in order to pray from the Holy Qu’ran.The Arabic chant of his invocation remains impenetrable to those entering the place of worship. On this occasion, the lack of comprehension leads to a peaceful coexistence between the worshippers of two rival religions. In the church, the artist quotes the sura devoted to the life of Mary, who is similarly perceived and adored in both religions. This starting point provides an opportunity to venture beyond the stereotypical view of Islam and Christianity. Shawky seeks common ground, while not refraining from pointing out the differences.

Digital Church, 2007
Video, color, sound, 17:41 min

Al Aqsa 2006 and Digital Church 2007

The two films concern a sensitive topic: religion in the modern world ­ a driving force of history, which has to date failed to find a safe space for a dialogue. Wael Shawky tries to achieve the impossible. He enters a Roman Catholic church in order to pray from the Holy Qu’ran.The Arabic chant of his invocation remains impenetrable to those entering the place of worship. On this occasion, the lack of comprehension leads to a peaceful coexistence between the worshippers of two rival religions. In the church, the artist quotes the sura devoted to the life of Mary, who is similarly perceived and adored in both religions. This starting point provides an opportunity to venture beyond the stereotypical view of Islam and Christianity. Shawky seeks common ground, while not refraining from pointing out the differences.

Digital Church, 2007
Digital Church, 2007
Video, color, sound, 17:41 min

Al Aqsa 2006 and Digital Church 2007

The two films concern a sensitive topic: religion in the modern world ­ a driving force of history, which has to date failed to find a safe space for a dialogue. Wael Shawky tries to achieve the impossible. He enters a Roman Catholic church in order to pray from the Holy Qu’ran.The Arabic chant of his invocation remains impenetrable to those entering the place of worship. On this occasion, the lack of comprehension leads to a peaceful coexistence between the worshippers of two rival religions. In the church, the artist quotes the sura devoted to the life of Mary, who is similarly perceived and adored in both religions. This starting point provides an opportunity to venture beyond the stereotypical view of Islam and Christianity. Shawky seeks common ground, while not refraining from pointing out the differences.