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Giovanni Carmine, Hassan Khan

Possible Encounters

How can the emotional conditions that lie behind the sensitive and complex relationship between artist and curator be understood as part of the practice of exhibition making? And where can the line be drawn between a form of cultural politics and mere career oppurtunism? Whose responsible for understanding and defining the terms of the relationship and how? And is it possible to therefore build a relationship where discovery is still possible? And finally what kind of landscape are we forced to share and negotiate?

Artist Hassan Khan and curator Giovanni Carmine in discussion concerning the preparation of Khan's solo exhibition at the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, due to open in mid-May 2010.

Selected solo shows by Hassan Khan include Gezira Art Center, Cairo (1999), Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2004), A Space Gallery, Toronto (2005), Gasworks, London (2006), Le Plateau, Paris (2007) and Uqbar, Berlin (2008). Khan has participated in various international group shows including the Istanbul (2003), Seville (2006), Sydney (2006), Thessaloniki (2007),  Contour (2007), Gwangju (2008) biennials as well as the Turin (2005) and Yokohama (2008) triennials. He has composed soundtracks for theater, regularly performs solo concerts around the world. Khan is widely published in both Arabic and English, his text 'Nine Lessons Learned from Sherif El-Azma' was published by the Contemporary Image Collective in 2009. He lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.