In 2011, Walid was awarded The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award. Since then he had collaborated on group exhibitions, and was put through a residential experience leading to his first solo show, later contributing to international and local art festivals. He made his first live performance in late 2014 at FIAC in Paris. Walid’s work has been added to many collections throughout his career thus far, including a recent acquisition by collection of his Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Recently. Walid went through the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Emerging Artist Fellowship Programme to pursue his masters in the Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins College of Art, London, where he currently lives and studies.
Born 1988, Walid Al Wawi is a Jordanian Palestinian-native artist, working often in video and performance, concerned with the hybridisation of the modern Middle Eastern identity and the implication of what the artist calls “geo-political claustrophobia” upon cultural naturalisation.
Portrait Patriot consists of two A3 digital- colour prints of the artist’s passport photo, one of which is hand manipulated through constant rubber erasure and pencil drawing. The work attempts to deal with the contemporary image of the average Middle Eastern individual as he faces a form of “geo-political claustrophobia”, where borders of countries and geographical locations forcibly place him in a shallow and restricting dialogue. The work, a self- portrait of the artist, is a reprint of the artist’s “failed passport photo”, which he later hand-manipulated through forced erasure and pencil drawing, humorously but disparately trying to generate a peaceful and accepted image of himself.