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KAY HASSAN / RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS / September 4, 2008 – October 4, 2008 /
September 4 – October 4, 2008
Opening reception: Friday, September 5, 6 – 8 pm
"Our lives have always been torn and put together and torn - people have always been pushed around. You see it in the streets, in the kids begging, those eyes, the way they look at you. Imagine being a parent, and having kids that have to be fed, but you have no money, - so what do you do - you have to commit a crime. But I don't only reflect what is happening in South Africa, it's a reflection of what is happening in this world."
– Kay Hassan
Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce, Recent Photographs, Kay Hassan’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery. Although best known for his large scale ‘constructions’ made of torn, reconfigured, and pasted pieces of printed billboard posters, Hassan works in numerous mediums including painting, collage, installation, video, sculpture, and photography. Hassan's work is powerful no matter the medium or scale and the themes he explores-- time, accumulation, rituals, trade, and waste—provide its unifying force.
Here Hassan presents a new series of photographs depicting shreds of clothing washed up on Mozambiques’ beaches. Colorful abstract compositions resemble Jackson Pollock drip paintings, landscapes, and rubbish heaps, that raise issues of overproduction, urban life, poverty, distribution and globalization, while documenting a Mozambican ritual in which individuals throw clothes of a deceased person into the ocean. This ability to mine a particular custom or fact of life and weave it into a larger narrative with universal implications is what makes Hassan’s art so impressive and establishes him as one of the world’s leading contemporary artists.
Kay Hassan was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1956. He has exhibited his work internationally in a both solo and group shows, including, Snap Judgments (2006-2008); New Identities, in Bochum, Germany (2004); The Short Century, in Berlin, Chicago and New York (2001-2002); ), L'Art Contemporain Afrique, in Brussels (1998); Democracy's Images: Photographs and Visual Art After Apartheid, in BildMuseet, Umea, (1998), and the Kwangju Biennale, in South Korea (1995). In 2000 he won the DaimlerChrysler Award for Contemporary Art.
Urbanisation, a major mid-career solo exhibition, is concurrently on view at the Johannesburg Art Gallery through September 30th.
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