Khaled Sabsabi

Khaled Sabsabi, Mush (installation view, Artspace, Sydney) 2012, 5-channel HD video, 4:3, colour, sound 7 minutes. Image courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery

Profile: Khaled Sabsabi

Khaled Sabsabi is an artist and community arts practitioner who specialises in multimedia and installation. Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, Sabsabi migrated with his family to Australia in 1978, to settle in western Sydney, a predominantly migrant area.  Since the late 1980s he has worked with communities to create and develop art projects that explore people and places from broad social, political and ideological spectrums. His work reflects the complex nature of cultural and identity, characterised by an ever changing contingent nature.

Sabsabi has presented numerous solo exhibitions in Sydney and has exhibited in major group exhibitions including Making It New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2009; and Soft Power: Asian Attitudes, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, 2007; whilst also having exhibited in Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand and Poland. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including, most recently, the 2011 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship and the prestigious 60th Blake Prize in 2011 for his work Naqshbandi Greenacre Engagement, that was commissioned for Edge of Elsewhere and presented at Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in 2011.

… I want people to comment about my work, negative and or positive; I want people to engage with the work even if it is viewed or interpreted as controversial. Personally these statements [works] need to be addressed if we [the people] are to truly comprehend cultural opinions, traditions and diversity. [1]

Mush (2012) and Syria (2012) represent two major new pieces from Sabsabi, who works with multi-channel moving image and audio installation, to formally present mediated and intensively media-based experiences. Both works detail gridded networks of images, interlacing everyday suburban and other urban spaces of domesticity and worship in Australia, the Arab world and North Africa. Combining imagery of street scenes, people, religious and general architecture, these works explore varied constructed illusions. Each work represent highly acculturated urban and suburban spaces that clash and collapse expectations regarding place and identity. By creating such spaces, Sabsabi is able to explore the parallels and points of connection between the certainties of the physical and the uncertainties of the emotional. Rather than attempt to present the authentic, these works capture adaptation in action – the ebb and flow of how culture is affected and perceived over time.

Khaled Sabsabi为一主攻多媒体装置创作的艺术家,他的作品反应了文化与认同的复杂特性。出生於黎巴嫩,Khaled Sabsabi於1978与家人迁至澳洲,定居於阿拉伯人口集中的西雪梨。

Mush(2012)和Syria(2012)是艺术家Khaled Sabsabi 最新的两件大型作品。他的作品多为多频动态影音装置作品以呈现更完整更真实的观展经验。此两件作品皆利用取自澳洲雪梨郊区,阿拉伯世界与北 非的日常起居与信仰的影像相互拼凑交织成工整的框格图腾。原本显而意於辨识的街景建筑和人物信仰图像在艺术家的解构与再次建构之後连同其脉络与文化表针模 糊退位,在艺术家的手下产生了新的图像新的意义,Sabsabi试图透过解构与再建的手段探讨意义的建构本身的不确定性,意义可以被轻易的赋予也可以轻易 的移除,并点出了身分认同的脆弱。此作品彰显了空间与实体的确定性和相对情绪情理的不定性,艺术家以拼贴的手法更深刻的点出文化与影像制造过程的流动性。

[1] Khaled Sabsabi, interview with Klaus Kinski, 26 November 2007

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