Hassan Khan, Abstract Music, 2015, Courtesy Hassan Khan. Photo: Axel Schneider
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Hassan Khan was born in 1975 in London. He lives and works in Cairo. Everyday life in the 20 million megacity is an inspiration for him as an artist, musician and writer. In his multimedia installations and performances, image, sound and text complement each other. His focus in his work is the conceptual and communicative role of art. He perceives it as a language which brings to light cultural and social structures in its very own way – particularly when it breaks with traditional conventions. He has participated in a number of group exhibitions, including Manifesta 8, Yokohama Triennial as well as the biennials in Sydney and Istanbul.

In 2017, he won the Silver Lion at the 57th Venice Biennale for his work Composition for a Public Park (2013/2017).



The Portrait is an Address, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon


Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, MMK – Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany


Marcelo de Andrade, KUNSTHALLE São Paulo, Brazil

D-CAF – Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, Cairo, Egypt


Density Studies, Wilfried Lentz Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Hassan Khan, SALT, Istanbul, Turkey


Objectif, Antwerp, Belgium

Hassan Khan – The Hidden Location, Queens Museum of Arts, New York, USA

Lust, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France


evidence of evidence, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland


Lust, Uqbar, Berlin, Germany


KOMPRESSOR, Le Plateau / Festival d’Automne Paris, France


KOMPRESSOR, Gasworks, London, UK


The Hidden Location, A Space Gallery / Images Festival, Toronto, Canada

Hassan Khan, Ursula Blickle videolounge, Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria


Directtransmission with mahmoud refat – a one month long music studio set up in the exhibition space accompanied by a series of concerts and public rehearsals, KBB, Barcelona, Spain

Hassan Khan, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France


17 and in AUC, a performative action at 2, Maarouf Street and an exhibition at Falaki Gallery, New Falaki Campus, AUC, Cairo, Egypt


Reading the Surface: 100 portraits, 6 locations and 25 Questions, Townhouse Gallery / Second Nitaq Festival, Cairo, Egypt


I am a hero / you are a hero, Gezira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt



Composition for a Public Park, 2013-2017, Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennale, Giardino delle Vergini, Arsenal, Italy

On the Thresholds of Knowledge, Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, Lund, Sweden

Performance ! Les collections nouveaux médias et art contemporain du Centre Pompidou 1977, Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, France.

Intonal Festival, Malmö, Sweden

The Museum of Rhythm, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland


The Grand Balcony, Biennale de Montréal, Canada

Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan, Aichi Triennale, Japan

The Hannah Ryggen Triennial, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway

Voice of the Border, Curated by Fatma Cheffi, Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis, Tunisia

Apeirophobia/Aporia, Human Resources, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S.A.

Staging film: the relation of space and image in video art, Busan Museum of Art, South Korea

Do it, Sharjah Art Foundation, U.A.E.


Double Take, Gallery Nature Morte, curated by Diana Campbell, New Delhi, India

Opening of “RR ZZ” group show at Gluck 50, Milan, Italy. Curated by Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho.

Sharjah Biennal 12 : The Past, the present, the possible, cur. by Eungie Joo and Ryan Inouye, Sharjah, U.A.E.

Le verre vivant II, MUDAC, Lausanne, Switzerland

Moving Images, M+, Hong Kong, China

Unblinking, Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, curated by Anne Szefer Karlson, Prague, Czech Republic

The artist is staged, gallery KiT, curated by Mahmoud Khaled, Trondheim, Norway

Corruption, Everybody Knows, E-Flux journal, New-York, U.S.A.


Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection, curated by Susan Davidson, Sasha Kalter-Wasserman and Maisa Al Qassimi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Liverpool Biennial 2014, Liverpool, UK

Agitationism, Eva International – Ireland’s Biennial, curated by Bassam El Baroni, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland

A Thousand Varied Uses, curated by Kevin Gallagher, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona, Spain

All About These… Ladies and Gentlemen, video screening curated by Fani Zguro, Co-Pilot, Istanbul, Turkey

True Colors, Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions 2014, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan


Biennale Jogja, EQUATOR #2, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Nuit Blanche, Parc de Belleville, Paris, France

All About These… Ladies and Gentlemen, video screening curated by Fani Zguro, Viafarini, Milan, Italy

The Symbolic landscape: Pictures beyond the picturesque, curated by Juli Carson, University of California, Irvine, USA

Giving Form to the Impatience of Liberty, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany

Bande à part, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

Momentum Biennial, Moss, Norway

Film Sector, Art Basel, Kino der Kunst, Basel, Switzerland

Unrest of Form – Imagining the Political Subject, a project by Wiener Festwochen, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Secession, Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria


Dream City – L’artiste face aux liberté, Festival Itinéraires Art Contemporain Espace Public, Tunis, Tunisia

Paroles des Images, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany

A Blind Spot, Berlin Documentary Forum, Berlin, Germany

Archéologie(s), Musée du château des ducs de Wurtemberg, Montbéliard, France

Living With Video, curated by Chantal Crousel, Pavillon Downtown, Dubai, UAE

Intense Proximité, Triennale de Paris, France

The Ungovernables, Triennial New Museum, New York, USA


Image in the Aftermath, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon

Accretions, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland

Told/Untold/Retold, Mathaf, Doha, Quatar

Shifting Borders / In transit – of Bridges & Borders (Phase III), Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina


“VIDEO XXI. Colección Lemaître”, ATA, Fundación Telefónica and The MALI, Lima, Peru

Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain

Accretions, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Live cinema/in the round: Contemporary Art from The East Mediterranean, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

Marrakech a Palermo, Riso, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy

What’s happening now, Casa Arabe, Madrid, Spain

Home Works V, Beirut art center, Beirut, Lebanon


The Malady of Writing, MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Project Room, Paris Photo, Paris, France

Frontiera, Film, Visual Arts & Narratives Festival, Urban Center, Bergamo, Italy

Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

A Proposal for Articulating Works and Places – 3rd Arts in Marrakech International Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco

Un/Mögliche Gemeinschaft, Shedhalle, Zurich

The view from elsewhere, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation – SCAF, Sydney, Australia


Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

Photo Cairo4: The Long Shortcut, Cairo, Egypt

If we can’t get it together – Artists rethinking the (mal)function of communities, Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

3rd Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan

7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea

REVOLUTIONS – Selected Works from the collection of Isabelle and Jean-Conrad Lemaitre, University Art Gallery, UCSD, La Jolla – San Diego, USA

Repeat all, MIS (Museu da imagem e do som), São Paulo, Brazil

Transmediale.08, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Lapdogs of the Bourgoisie, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

Decoder – selections from Contour Biennale, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania


What’s happening now?, Palace of Arts, Cairo, Egypt

The FM Ferry Experiment, mobile radio project, Staten Island ferry, New York, USA

Pausa (infiltration through television), television side project to Festival Internacional de Artes Electrónicas y Video Transitio_Mx, Mexico

Contour 2007 – Third Biennial for Video Art, Mechelen, Belgium

Heterotopias, First Contemporary Art Biennale of Thessaloniki, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

Silence. Listen the Show, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

The Backroom, Kadist Foundation, Paris, France

Out of Place, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Repeat all, MATUCAN100, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Un tiro al cielo, OPA – Oficina para Proyectos de Arte, Guadalajara, Mexico


Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie, Gasworks, London, UK

Repeat all, Toit du Monde, Vevey, Switzerland

Une vision du monde, La Maison Rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France

Zones of Contact, Sydney Biennial, Australia

Deep Freeze, Mehr (Midtown), New York, USA

2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain

Open Studio, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

FAMILY, You, Me and the Trajectories of a Post-Everything Era, PROGR, Berne, Switzerland


The Pantagruel Syndrome, T1 – Turin Triennial Threemuseums, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea; GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

FAMILY, You, Me and the Trajectories of a Post-Everything Era, ACAF/ Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum, Alexandria, Egypt

Land Marks, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

e-flux video rental (Touring show), Kunst Werke, Berlin, Germany

Four by Four, Artists Space, New York, USA

Desvelar lo Invisible – videocreaciones contemporaneas, Sala de exposiciones Alcala, Madrid, Spain


Sublime Audacia – A experiencia do passeante part 3F , Galeria Luis Serpa Projectos, Lisbon, Portugal

Going Places, a project with commissioned art works on public buses curated by Mai Abu El Dahab, Cairo, Egypt

Near the Near East, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in public spaces, Frankfurt, Germany

Going Public ‘04, Amaze Cultural Lab, Modena, Italy

Mediterraneans, Macro Museum, Rome, Italy

La Ciudad Collage, Centro de exposicones, Benalmadena, Malaga, Spain


Contemporary Arab Representations: Cairo; Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Fundacio Antonie Tapies, Barcelona, Spain

Through the Eye of a Needle, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

Rendez-vous, Galerie des terreaux, Lyon, France

Poetic Justice, 8th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey

Multitudes – Solitudes, Museion – Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea Bolzano, Italy

Change of values, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, Castellon, Spain


INTER.PLAY, curated by Silvia Karman Cubina and Patrick Charpenel, Miami, USA

Haunted by Detail, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Géographies #2, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France

Trottoirs/Sidewalks, Mois de la Photo, Galerie Chantal Crousel à la Poste du Louvre, Paris, France

Present Future (presentation of To the man masturbating in the toilet of Charles de Gaulle airport), Artissima, Turin, Italy

You can touch, Espace Karim Frances, Cairo, Egypt


Square Circle, Daraj El Fann, Beirut, Lebanon


L’Art dans le monde (presentation of Re/lapse), Paris, France


Video Visions Cairo II (presentation of Do you want to fight? – People are a hidden illness), El Hanager Art Center, Cairo, Egypt



Taraban, Forget Amnesia, Stromboli, Italy; Mathaf, Doha, Qatar; Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Blind Ambition, screening and conversation with Edit Molnar, Arsenal, Berlin, Germany.

Taraban, Falaki Theater, Cairo, Egypt.

The Artist as a Portrait of a Young Man, Lecture by Nida Ghouse (part of the “Footnotes to Hassan Khan” parallel program to the exhibition organized by CLUSTER, D-CAF and AUC ART_LAB), Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Square Campus, Cairo, Egypt

Blind Ambition, screening and Q&A, Cinema Al Hadara, Opera House Complex, Cairo, Egypt

Purity + Conversation with Bibiana Obler, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, USA

Taraban, Plattafon at Oslo 10, Basel, Switzerland

Live Ammunition!!, KlangZeit Festival, Münster, Germany

Superstructure, BOZAR Studio Auditorium, Brussels, Belgium

Artist talk, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Jan’s Bar, London, UK

Superstructure, Musikhus Elvaerket, Holbaek, Denmark

Purity, Ephemeropterea, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Augarten, Vienna, Austria

Purity, Global Art Forum, Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Re:Emerge – Towards A New Cultural Cartography, Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

MaerzMusik Festival, Berlin, Germany

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

SALT, Istanbul, Turkey


Concert, the Bucky Dome – Stockholm Music and Arts Festival, Sweden

A short story based on a distant memory, Trouble#8, Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium

The times are changing: what will art do about it? A two day symposium on the concept of change and its relation to art practice, April 25, 2012, American University of Beirut, Lebanon; The Garage Theater, Jesuits Cultural Centre, Alexandria, Egypt

A short story based on a distant memory with a long musical interlude (in Arabic)


14 Proper Nouns, two weeks conversations with Nida Ghouse, The Delfina Foundation, London, UK

A short story based on a distant memory with a long musical interlude, performance, The Showroom, London, UK

Big City sound girl, performance, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

Superstructure, performance, SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey

The Big One, performance, Queens Museum of Arts, New York, USA

Performance, 100LIVE Festival, Cairo, Egypt

Concert-reading, Objectif, Antwerp, Belgium


Al Wahda Al Kabeera / The Big One and  Incidence, MAZAJ Experimental Music Festival, London – City University and Cafe OTO, UK

Incidence, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, USA

Hassan Khan and Brian Kuan Wood in conversation, University of Delaware, Newark, USA

Possible Encounters: in conversation with Giovanni Carmine at  Institution as Medium. Curating as Institutional Critique?  Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

Speaker at INCUBATOR: Four positions regarding the idea of a pan-African roaming biennial at Manifesta 8, Murcia and Cartagena, Spain

Artist Presentation as part of On Painting: A public seminar,  co-organized by ACAF and the Goethe-Institut, Alexandria, Egypt.

Evidence of Evidence, artist presentation at the Summer Workshop, Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt

I am not what I am, part of “On Excess” organized by Pericentre Projects at the Goethe-Institut, Cairo, Egypt

Al Wahda Al Kabeera / The Big One, and Incidence, Mos Espa Experimental Music Festival, Geneva, Switzerland

The Shape of the Argument, 19 Washington Square North, Romanticide, NYU Abu Dhabi Lecture Series, New York, USA


Three Works, a lecture, Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum, Alexandria, Egypt

I am not What I am, “Something you should know”, seminar at EHESS, Paris, France

I am not What I am, Guest Corner, FHNW Basel, Switzerland

I am not what I am, Mediamatic Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

New Roads, New Urban Conditions, MUSAC, Museo de Arte contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Leon, Spain

Incidence, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich, Switzerland

Incidence, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France

Incidence, Vevey Theatre, Vevey, Switzerland

Incidence, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain

Al Wahda Al Kabeera / The Big One, Shedhalle, Zurich, Switzerland

Al Wahda Al Kabeera / The Big One, Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland

Al Wahda Al Kabeera / The Big One, 100live electronic music festival 2009, Rawabit Theater, Cairo, Egypt

Mesmeric-EP, 1st Sakia Electronic Music Festival, Cairo, Egypt


figure and ground live at the HAU 3 theatre, Berlin, Germany

Incidence – live music and video concert, Khoj Live Festival, Delhi, India

Incidence – live music and video concert, Salon Bruit, Berlin, Germany

Incidence – live music and video concert, Cinema Gwangju at the opening of the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea

Incidence – live music and video concert, Red Brick Warehouse at the opening of Yokohama Triennale, Japan

Incidence – live music and video concert, as part of 100 LIVE 2 in Cairo, Alexandria and Amman, Egypt

I am not what I am, Homeworks IV, Beirut, Lebanon


I am not what I am, ENSBA, Paris, France

I am not what I am, Passage 35, Mahmoud Khalil Museum, Cairo, Egypt

tabla dubb, album release, Contemporary Image Collective (CiC), Mounira, Egypt

Incidence, Point Ephémère / Festival d’Automne, Paris, France

Yokomono White, Hassan Khan live with Staalplat Soundsystem, Podewil, Berlin, Germany

Lust, 100 LIVE – Goethe-Institut, Cairo, Egypt

In Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Global Art Forum, 1st Gulf Art Fair, Dubai, UAE


I am not what I am, Goldsmiths College, London, UK

figure and ground (2), Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum, Alexandria, Egypt

a lecture that tries to speak of images but ends up being concerned with something else, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK

figure and ground 18 July, Live on Resonance FM Clear Spot, London, UK

tabla dubb, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Vevey, Switzerland

Nine Notes on Source Process And Product, part of the exhibition FAMILY, You, Me and the Trajectories of a Post Everything Era, PROGR, Berne, Switzerland


STUDIO INCIDENT No. 1 – five days of concerts, performances, installations and videos by Adham Hafez, Ahmed el Attar, Bikya, Hassan Khan / Mahmoud Refat, Wael Shawky, Zeinab Khalifa at Hassan Khan’s studio, Cairo, Egypt

a lecture that tries to speak of images but ends up being concerned with something else, Photo Cairo Festival, Studio Emad El Din, Cairo, Egypt

I am Not What I am (Creative Voices Series), English and Comparative Literature Department, American University, Cairo, Egypt


tabla dubb :

– the International Cairo Book Fair, Egypt

– Kunsten Festival, Brussels, Belgium

-“Mediterraneans”, Macro Museum, Rome, Italy


tabla dubb :

– The Black Box, New Falaki Gallery, American University in Cairo, Egypt

– VIDEOBRASIL, SESC, São Paulo, Brazil

– Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, Spain

– Babylon, Istanbul, Turkey

– Lydmar Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden

– Off Corso, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

– World Wide Video Festival, Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

– Photo Cairo 2, Cairo, Egypt

The Supreme Council with Mahmoud Refat, Photo Cairo 2, Cairo, Egypt


tabla dubb, audio-visual performance premiere at “Home Works: A forum on a cultural practice in the region,” Beirut, Lebanon


What is the difference between the cell and the portrait?, video talk premiere in, November, Beirut, Lebanon


Lungfan, with Amr Hosny, slide show accompanied by sound, Cairo Atelier, Egypt


Modern music for the guitar, with Sherif El Azma, Cairo Atelier, Egypt