Footnotes to HASSAN KHAN is a project commissioned by Sharjah Art Gallery as part of AUC_LAB, on the occasion of the exhibition HASSAN KHAN, curated by Beth Stryker/CLUSTER in the framework of D-CAF.

Footnotes to Hassan Khan is conceived as a discursive complement to the first major survey exhibition of Hassan Khan (1975) in Egypt, which will be presented in downtown Cairo’s Kodak Passage as part of D-CAF.

With the exhibition providing a survey of Khan’s diverse body of work from the mid 90s to the present day, Footnotes to Hassan Khan has been commissioned by AUC_LAB to contextualize his work in a discursive and performative form. The program includes an artist talk and a tour by Khan, as well as a talk by writer Nida Ghouse. Khan and Ghouse will conduct a seminar for AUC students based on his piece 17 and in AUC, which reflects on his student years at The American University in Cairo. The live concert Taraban will conclude the program and present a new musical work based on two early 20th-century Egyptian songs by Youssef El Manialawy.

Footnotes to HASSAN KHAN exhibition (related programs)


17 and in AUC seminar led by Hassan Khan and Nida Ghouse

April 4, 10 am:
Artist’s walkthrough of exhibition
with Hassan Khan – Kodak passage (in Arabic)

April 9, 6-8 pm:
Artist Talk with Hassan Khan
(in Arabic with English translation) – Cairo Atelier _________________________________________________________

April 22, 6-8 pm :
The Artist as a Portrait of a Young Man Talk by Nida Ghouse (in English with Arabic Translation) – Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir

April 26, 8pm:
Hassan Khan concert – TarabanFalaki Theater ________________________________________________________
These programs have been co-organized by CLUSTER and the AUC Sharjah Art Gallery as part of AUC_LAB, in collaboration with D-CAF.

Hassan Khan
(1975) is an artist, musician, and writer. Recent exhibitions include: The Unrest of Forms, Secession, Vienna, 2013; Hassan Khan, SALT, Istanbul, 2012; Documenta 13, Kassel, 2012; Intense Proximity, Paris Triennial, 2012; and The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York, 2012. His first solo show was i am a hero / you are a hero in 1999 at the Gezira Art Center, Cairo. Most recently for the Nuit Blanche Festival Khan premiered Composition for a Public Park a large scale multichannel music and lights installation at the Parc du Belleville in Paris. Khan also regularly performs his own music live; recent appearances include: Klangzeit Festival, Munster; Maerz Musik Festival, Berlin 2013; Ghetto, Istanbul, 2013; Auditorium du Louvre, Paris 2012; Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, Venice, 2012; and as the opening act for the 1st D-CAF Festival, Cairo, 2012. His publications include The Agreement (2011) and Nine Lessons Learned from Sherif El Azma (2009). Khan lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.