Hassan Khan at Salt Istanbul

On September 21, 2012, the most comprehensive exhibition to date of works by artist, musician and writer Hassan Khan will open at SALT Beyoğlu in İstanbul. Hassan Khan (1975) lives and works in Cairo, Egypt and before beginning to regularly exhibit his work in art spaces in the late 1990s, he was involved in a self-organized, underground art and music scene that was highly innovative, yet rarely public. Collaborating with others and working alone to express a contemporary cultural perspective that was alternative to the mainstream, Khan is considered, within that context, a pioneering influence, particularly in the fields of experimental music and video.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 – JANUARY 06, 2013

Despite Khan’s growing international recognition, including participation this year in dOCUMENTA (13) and frequent performances of original compositions around the world, Hassan Khan at SALT Beyoğlu will be his first major one-person retrospective exhibition. It brings together works dating from the 1990s to 2012 including early pieces not seen before or only previously shared in Egypt. The exhibition includes the video Lungfan (a collaboration with Amr Hosny) not exhibited since 1995 and the installation Dom Tak Tak Dom Tak (2005) only previously shown in Torino, Italy in 2005 and 2007; as well as highly acclaimed video works The Hidden Location (2004), Jewel (2010) and Muslimgauze R.I.P. (2010). Many of the selected works will be presented in the same venue for the first time offering an opportunity to fully comprehend the diversity and development of Khan’s practice.

Hassan Khan at 100live electronic music festival 2009

Khan’s interdisciplinary methods of artistic production rely on observations, interactions, engagements, as well as a more personal internalized source of communication. He channels these experiences via a multifaceted layering of video, digital animation, performance documentation, sculpture, text and language, photography, sound and installation to produce a very personal, yet formal language.

April 18, 2012: This is an excerpt of the video and sound installation by Hassan Khan currently at the New Museum.

Watch more videos at SALT Online

Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

Leave a Reply