Screening & Discussion: Hassan Khan: Transitions and a Selection of Short Single Channel Videos 1997-2002

Wed, July 20, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Hassan Khan (born 1975, London) is an artist, musician and writer based in Cairo. In conjunction with Hassan Khan: The Hidden Location, his first US museum exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art (on view until August 14, 2011), Alwan will host a screening of Hassan Khan’s Transitions (2002) together with a selection of short single channel videos 1997-2002 by the artist.

Winner of Short Documentary Film Jury Award, 6th Ismailia International Film Festival, Transitions follows four twenty-something Cairenes at moments of transitions in their lives. A downtown hustler talking about his ways about town, encounters with tourists, his Italian girl friend who nicknamed him Armando, etc. A recently veiled lady discusses her decision to wear hejab and how it has changed her life. An actress, recently back from London, talks about her attire, her life style and differences between her life in London and Cairo. Following the narratives of the characters in the film, each telling their story, each showing their take on the city, in Transitions, class, gender, aspirations and addictions are stripped bare in this inspection of discourse in a differentiated city.

Together with Transitions, a selection of Khan’s early single channel videos will be screened. Fuck this Film follows a filmmaker’s soliloquy on subject matter, his relationship to it and the structure of film as medium. THIS IS THE POLITICAL FILM is a minute and a half, fast paced edit of the raw components of political visual phrase making.

The screening will be followed by a Skype conversation between Khan and Sohrab Mohebbi, discussing these early films and how their relationship with his larger practice as an artist.

About the Artist & Discussant

Hassan Khan (b. 1975, London) lives and works in Cairo. Khan’s practice includes video installations, interventions in printed media, lecture-performances, text works and also music performances. Selected solo shows include Gezira Art Center, Cairo (1999), Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2004), A Space Gallery, Toronto (2005), Gasworks, London (2006), Le Plateau, Paris (2007), Uqbar, Berlin (2008), Kunsthalle St. Gallen (2010), and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2011). Khan has also participated in the Biennials of Istanbul (2003), Seville (2006), Sydney (2006), Thessaloniki (2007), Contour (2007), Gwangju (2008), and Manifesta 8 (2010) as well as the Triennials in Turin (2005) and Yokohama (2008) amongst other international group exhibitions. Khan was the head of jury at the recent Venice Biennial 2011.

Sohrab Mohebbi is a writer and currently is the curatorial fellow at the Queens Museum of Art.

Last updated: 2011-07-20 09:43:11

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