Talk by Bassam El Baroni

Antagonism in the Work of Hassan Khan


DECEMBER 13, 2012 18.30

Hassan Khan, “Image C” from The Alphabet Book, 2006                                                                                                                                                                                                             Hassan Khan, “Image C” from The Alphabet Book, 2006<br />
Sanatçi kitabi, 26 sayfa<br />
Sanatçinin ve Galerie Chantal Crousel’in izniyle
Hassan Khan, “Image C” from The Alphabet Book, 2006

Artist book, 26 pages

Courtesy the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel

SALT Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema

Invited to talk in the context of the exhibition Hassan Khan at SALT Beyoğlu Bassam El Baroni will take the notion of antagonism as a key to enter a multidimensional discussion of Khan’s work. Antagonism has revealed itself as a real – in the Lacanian sense of the term – in many of the works the artist has produced over the years. Through an exploration of this aspect of Khan’s work the talk will delve into both the local and the universal in his artistic output, connecting his works to local cultural histories as well as the domains of psychoanalytic and critical theory.

About Bassam El Baroni
Bassam El Baroni is a curator and art critic based in Alexandria (EG). In 2005 he co-founded the non-profit art space Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF), and has been its director since 2006. El Baroni was co-curator of Manifesta 8, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2010, Region of Murcia (ES). Other recent exhibitions and projects include 2012: When it Stops Dripping from the Ceiling (An Exhibition That Thinks About Edification), Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; 2010–present: the ongoing online collaboration The ARPANET Dialogues (with Nav Haq and Jeremy Beaudry); 2011: the publication Fifteen Ways to Leave Badiou; 2009: Trapped in Amber – Angst for a Re-enacted Decade (with Helga-Marie Nordby), UKS, Oslo. El Baroni is currently co-curating (with Anne Szefer Karlsen and Eva González-Sancho) the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), to open September 2013 in Vågan, Lofoten Islands (NO). In addition he is a PhD researcher in the Curatorial/Knowledge programme at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The talk will be held in English.