Hassan Khan Wins 2017 Silver Lion Award
On May 13, 2017, Egyptian artist Hassan Khan received the Silver Lion award for his work Composition for a Public Park at the Venice Biennale.
The Jury of the 57th International art exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, comprised Manuel J. Borja-Villel (President of the Jury, Spain); Francesca Alfano Miglietti (Italy); Amy Cheng (Taiwan); Ntone Edjabe (Cameroon); and Mark Godfrey (Great Britain). Their motivation for the selection was the special and intimate relationship Khan had with his spectator, to whom he suggests a connection between voice, sound and the horizon. His Composition for a Public Park creates an immersive experience which beautifully intertwines the political and the poetic.
Hassan Khan was born in 1975 in Cairo, Egypt. He holds a bachelor and masters degree in english and comparative literature from the American University in Cairo. He was the president of the International Jury of the 54th International art exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Khan has exhibited severally in New York, São Paulo, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Some of his works include Gasworks, London (2006); uqbar — Gesellschaft für Repräsentationsforschung, Berlin (2008); Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (2010); Queens Museum of Art, (2011), KUNSTHALLE São Paulo (2014); Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2015) and Moving Images, M+, Hong Kong (2015). He has composed soundtracks for theatre and performed his own compositions in Amsterdam, Istanbul, London, and Paris.
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