A performance with multiple starting points: a suspenseful short story written in pulp literary Arabic for a cancelled exhibition; the ongoing attempt to discover the work; the direct and abstract power of music; childhood memories; the driving anger the artist depends upon when writing; and the elusive search for a simplicity that remains complex.
Hassan Khan will go on to realize 14 Proper Nouns at Delfina Foundation (21 October - 3 November 2011).
This performance will launch the book Circular Facts, and will mark the culmination of The Showroom's participation in this two year collaborative endeavour between three European contemporary art organizations: Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, The Showroom, London in partnership with Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen and Electric Palm Tree, financially supported by the Cooperation Measures Grant as part of the European Unions Culture 2007 programme.
Hassan Khan (b. 1975) is an artist, musician and writer who lives and works in Cairo. He has had solo shows at, amongst others, Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris 2011), Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (2010), Le Plateau (Paris, 2007) and forthcoming at The Queens Museum (New York, 2011) and Objectif Exhibitions (Antwerp, 2011). Khan has also participated in Manifesta 8 (Murcia, 2010), Yokohama Trienniale (2008), Gwangju Biennale (2008), Sidney Biennale (2006), Seville Biennale (2006) and other international exhibitions. His album tabla dubb is available on the 100copies Label, and he is also widely published in Arabic and English. His text Nine Lessons Learned from Sherif El-Azma was published by the Contemporary Image Collective (2009), and his artist book 17 and in AUC – the transcriptions was published by Merz and Crousel (2004).