Born in 1975, London, UK.
Lives and works in Cairo, Egypt and Berlin, Germany.
Hassan Khan is an artist, musician and writer. His work engages with familiar, shared conditions and undisclosed personal references to arrive at forms that suggest imagined communities, raise fundamental questions, channel conditions simmering under the surface, seduce and alienate, engage with expectations, pose mysteries as well as help to re-articulate our experiences with shifting structures of power. To this end he makes use of the widest range of media such as video, photography, performance and installation. The artist considers the medium to not to be a sort of field that has to be mastered but rather a source of possibilities, potential as well as learning.
Hassan Khan's notable solo exhibitions include The Keys to the Kingdom, Palacio de Cristal organized by the Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2019-2020); The Portrait is an Address, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2016); Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, MMK, Frankfurt, Germany (2015); Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, Cairo, Egypt (2014); SALT, Istanbul, Turkey (2012); trusted sources, CCA, Kitakyushu, Japan (2011); evidence of evidence, Kunst Halle St Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland (2009).
He also participated in dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany (2012) and The Ungovernables, Triennal New Museum, New York, U.S.A., Told/Untold/Retold, Mathaf, Doha, Quatar (2011); Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010); 3rd Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan and 7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea.
In 2017, his work was exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennale at the Giardino delle Vergini (Arsenal) and was awarded the Silver Lion for a promising young artist in the International Exhibition Viva Arte Viva. A new version of Composition for a Public Park, the celebrated installation at the 57th Venice Biennale, will be inaugurated at the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, in October 2019.