The Hidden Location
A Space Main Gallery
April 1 – 29, 2005
Copresented by: Images Festival
Presented as part of the 18th Annual Images Festival, April 7 - 16, 2005
For more information: www.imagesfestival.com
The Hidden Location explores how urban systems, particularly in the Arab world, are emotionally and affectively experienced. Nourished by the urban reality of Cairo, where the artist lives and works, this installation is comprised of 4 simultaneous and synchronized video projections that play out 16 sets of scenes. Each section creates its own specific approach to language and visual style, interweaving moments – from gritty to poignant – out of dispersed interrupted narratives which lie between the fictional and the documentary. Khan creates both staged and improvisational situations with actors on screen and interacts with the city and its inhabitants, developing a fast-paced, intense and overwhelmingly moving audio-visual language.
In The Hidden Location an enigmatic system is created; the performative nature of identity, the politics of location, the systematic nature of dialogue, the emotional content of systems and products, and what lies beyond these constructions are engaged with.
Hassan Khan works in the audio-visual medium, producing video pieces, performances and installations as well as composing soundtracks for the theatre and contemporary dance. His work has been performed, exhibited and screened in festivals as well as art contexts in Europe, Asia, the US and of course Egypt and the region. The Hidden Location premiered in September 2004 at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris.