Residency / Exhibition / Events. Khan's practice includes video installations, interventions in printed media, lecture performances, text works and also music performances. The work possesses a distinct conceptual base, often implicating viewers within the scope of his ideas through the various forms it may take.
Residency / Exhibition / Events
For his first major presentation in the UK, Hassan Khan will be undertaking an ambitious new project incorporating a residency, an exhibition and a series of off-site events. Khans practice includes video installations, interventions in printed media, lecture performances, text works and also music performances. The work possesses a distinct conceptual base, often implicating viewers within the scope of his ideas through the various forms it may take. Often Khan will combine this approach with investigations into issues surrounding personal experience in the urban metropolis, particularly in relation to its structures of history, power, class, culture and myth that subconsciously, but often visibly, affect inhabitants. Using a compellingly striking and visceral visual language, Khan uses audio-visual means to produce highly experiential settings for assimilating the work, often allowing visitors a space to openpersonal associations and reactions.
For his exhibition at Gasworks, Hassan Khans KOMPRESSOR project will present a newly commissioned installation, which marks a more speculative approach by the artist to exhibition-making. Khan will intuitively translate collections of dreams through different forms both visual and aural, attempting to engage with their logic. These elements will connect with and disconnect from each other by their very nature and through personal encounter. Incorporating a new video, photographic elements, sound, music, and a collection of unique publications, the exhibition space will be architecturally reconfigured as a unifying setting. Intending to modulate between experiential and content-related forms, the exhibition will also include Khans acclaimed recent 4-channel video installation The Hidden Location.
During his residency, Khan will take part in a series of events at Gasworks, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Camden Arts Centre and The Ritzy Cinema. These events will incorporate some of the more performance-based elements of Khans practice: a lecture performance, a reading from 17 and in AUC the transcriptions, from Khans 56-hour long performative action of the same name, a film-screening hosted by the artist, a live music performance, and a specially produced radio broadcast on Resonance FM. Please go to http://www.gasworks.org.uk/kompressor for the full programme of events.
Hassan Khan lives and works in Cairo. His recent exhibitions include: Turin Triennial, 2005; Family, You, Me and the Trajectories of a Post-Everything Era, Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum, Alexandria, 2005; Hassan Khan (solo), 2004, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; and Istanbul Biennial, 2003. Khan is also participating in the Sydney Biennial, 2006.
Khan's residency is supported by Visiting Arts
Preview:Thursday 25 May 6.30-9pm
155 Vauxhall Street 020 - London
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12-6pm.