Fathi Hassan

La Divisione, (1991), mixed media on paper, 45 x 30 cm

Life, (2009), mixed media on paper, 200 x 150 cm

Glance Towards The Unknown, (1985), 44.5 x 30.5 cm

Crescent Moon, (2009), mixed media on paper, 200 x 150 cm

Nigger 27, (2008), mixed media on paper, 100 x 75 cm

Bread Basket, (2009), mixed media on paper, 190 x 150 cm

The Light Man’s Historical Footstep, (1985), 44.5 x 30.5 cm

The Offering, (2007), various sizes

Myth 88, (2009), mixed media on paper, 200 x 150 cm

Artist Bio

Fathi Hassan was born was born in Cairo in 1957 to Sudanese and Egyptian parents. He won a grant to study set design at the Naples Art School in Italy. Since graduating in 1984, he has lived in Le Marche, Italy. In his drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, Hassan experiments with the written and spoken word, exploring the theme of ancient languages erased by colonial domination. With invented, Kufic-inspired scripts, he plays with the symbols, textures and calligraphy of his Nubian heritage to explore the space between graphic symbolism and literal meaning in vibrant colours and collage. As well as the solo show, “Fathi Hassan: Haram Aleikum”, curated by Rose Issa Projects at Leighton House Museum, London, in 2010 he participated in “Arabicity – Arabi” curated by Rose Issa Projects at the Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon and “Arabicity – Such a Near East” curated by Rose Issa Projects at the Bluecoat Art Centre, Liverpool. His work is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum, London and The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC.


Fathi Hassan’s website

Fathi Hassan on National Museum of African Art

Fathi Hassan on sudlab

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