Sharif Waked was born in Nazareth to a Palestinian refugee family from the village of Mjedil. He lives and works in Haifa/Nazareth.
Through ironic reflections on power and politics, Waked overturns established aesthetic formations and ponders the absurd realities of political conflict.
Waked has exhibited at various biennials and museums in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.A including: (2009) Banja Luka Biennial; Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia; Queens Museum of Art, New York City; Sharjah Biennial 9, United Arab Emirates; (2008) Huarte Centro de Arte Contempor·neo, Spain; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; Artists Space, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. (2007) Meeting Points 5, Berlin; The Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo; The Seconde Riwaq Biennale, Ramallah; Tate Modern, London. (2006) Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen. (2005) The Oberhausen Short Film Festival; Transmediale 05, International Media Art Festival, Berlin. (2004) Macro al Mattatoio, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; Institute of Contemporary Arts, ICA, London; Herziliya Museum of Contemporary Art. (2003) Witte de Witt Museum, Rotterdam; Home Works II, Beirut; Sharjah International Biennial 6, UAE. (2002) Ars Electronica, Linz.
Waked's work is part of the permanent collections of the Solomon Guggenheim-New York, the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création, the Sharjah Art Foundation, and the Israel Museum.
by . Camera Obscura, 2012, v. 27, no. 2.
by . ArtReview, Mar. 2011, no. 48.