was born in cairo in 1957 to Nubian and egyptian parents. Since graduating in 1984, he has lived in Edinburgh , and Le Marche, Italy. currently works between Italy and Great Britain.
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 (2010), he has participated in “The Seven Valleys”, Rose Issa Projects, London (2013); “Re-Orientations II”, Rose Issa Projects, London (2012); "Arabicity " 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 (2010).
Over the past 30 years he has participated in numerous solo and group shows in Italy (including the 1988 Venice Biennale), Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Great Britain and New York. Recent solo exhibitions include “Faces and Voices”, John Rylands Library, Manchester (2012) Fathi Hassan: Transformation, Skoto Gallery New York (2011); Fathi Hassan, Leighton House Museum (2010); “Tasaheel", Centro d'Arte L'idioma, Ascoli Piceno (2010); "Kenuz", Domus Artis, Naples (2009) and a solo show at the Museo Nazionale Villa Pisani, Stra, Venice (2008). Group shows include: “Summer Exhibitions “ Royal Academy, London (2012); Rose Issa Projects at Abu Dhabi Art (2011); “Arabicity” at the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, and Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon (2010); “Text Messages” at the October Gallery, London (2006); and an installation at The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC (2002).
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 and Farjam collections.
He is the subject of the publications “Fathi Hassan” edited by Rose Issa (Beyond Art Production, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-9559515-6-5); “Fathi Hassan” by Achille Bonito Oliva and Luigi Meneghelli (Charta, 2000. ISBN-10: 8881582848; ISBN-13: 978-8881582846) and “Fathi Hassan” edited by Enrico Crispolti (Edizioni Della Rovere, 2002). He also features in the publications “Arabicity” (Rose Issa Projects and Beyond Art Production in collaboration with Beirut Exhibition Center, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-9559515-5-8); “Egyptian Artists” written and published by Books LLC (2010; ISBN-10: 1157093922; ISBN-13: 978-1157093923); “Sudanese Artists" written and published by Books LLC (2010; ISBN-10: 1158490410; ISBN-13: 978-1158490417); "Modern Egyptian Art 1910-2003" by Liliane Karnouk (American University in Cairo Press; 2005. ISBN-10: 9774248597; ISBN-13: 978-9774248597) and "Contemporary Egyptian Art" by Liliane Karnouk (American University in Cairo Press; 1995. ISBN-10: 9774243242; ISBN-13: 978-9774243240).
SELECTED SOLO SHOWS
“Temperatura Flegrea”, Terme di Baia, (Naples), organised by the artists
“Alflela: One Thousand Nights”, Studio Ricerca Aperta, Naples
“City with no boundaries”, Pomigliano d’Arco, Napoli, organised by G. Perretta, texts by F. Menna, G.Bartolucci, L. Mango, R. Bonfiglioli, G. Dipietrantonio, M. D’Ambrosio, N. Manferlotti, G. Di Martino.
“A New Generation in Italian Art”, Fortezza Medicea, Siena, curated by Enrico Crispolti
“New Tendencies in Italy, travelling show”, Centro Grisanti, Milan and Perterre, Florence
1987 “SAHARA”, Neon Gallery, curated by Gino Gianuizzi and Valeria Medici, Bologna
Venice Biennial “Aperto 88”, organized by Dan Cameron and Giovanni Carandenti, Venice
“Capua – South East Direction”, Campano Museum, Capua
1989 “art salon Under 35”, painting prize, Ministery of Culture Award, Il Cairo, Egypt
“If I gave you my soul ten times…”, Multimedia Gallery, curated by Romena Ioda, Brescia “Meeting of Peoples”, Villa Lazzarini, Rome
“XXXIII Young Egyptian Artists”, Egyptian Academy, Rome
“Signs of Absence”, Prisma Gallery, curated by Luigi Meneghelli, Verona “AKHATON, 7 contemporary Egyptian artists”, Palazzo Diamanti, curated by Farina-Siniscalco, Ferrara
1992 “Ter-Dislocations of Art” Civic Gallery, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva,Termoli
“Mare Nostrum III”, Immart Gallery, curated by R. Pontremoli, Rome
“Dioce- Calligrafie”, M. S. Filippo Neri, curated by E.B. Gentili, Turin
“Noah’ s Ark”, Trevi Flash Art Museum, Perugia, Umbria, curated by F.Pietracci, F.Monti, Trevi (PG)
1995 Contenitori Di Memoria, Annina Nosei Gallery, Curated by Francesca Pietracci,New York 1996
“The Abode of the Gods”, Villa Anselmi, CuRATED BY Luigi Meneghelli, Bolzano/Verona
“Go, thought” ( Italian Art 1984/96, City Museum, curated by Edoardo di Mauro, Turin
“Under Different Skies”, curated by Artistio middle east Copenaghen - Denmark
1998 “Containers of Thought”, Seno Gallery, curated by Ambrogi/ G. Abbondio, Milan
“El Mersal“, Pack Gallery, Milan
“Blessed Africa”, Riccione (Rosini), Bergamo (Oprandi) Fano (Una Arte) “Contemporary African Art”, Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient, Rome
“TRANSAFRICANA”, Ex-church of S. Giorgio in Poggiale, curated by Africa and Mediterranea, bologna
“Alleviating Unstoppable Impulses”, University of Pavia, curated by Pietro Finelli, Pavia
“Gold Imagination”, Vanvitellian Pier, Ancona, curated by Enrico Crispolti
“A Postmodern Babel, Italian Art of the 1990s”, Palazzo Pigorini, organised by Edoardo di Mauro, Parma
“Africamarvel”, curated by Ursula e Michael Schmitt, Municipality of Rastatt, Germany
“Spirit Matter”, Art-pro-Art, curated by Franz Moratt, Lahr, Germany
“Desert Wind”, Palazzo esposizioni, curated by A. Nosei and F. Pietracci, Rome
“Donotfearindulgence”, Spirale Arte, Verona
“Nile sand”, archaeological Museum, curated by Francesca Pietracci, Palestrina Roma
“9th Cairo International Biennial”, Cairo, Egypt
“Places of Affection”, Hotel de Ville, curated by Angelo Capasso, Brussels
“Sicily and the Arabs”, Loggiato S. Bartolomeo, curated by Lorenzo Zichichi and G. Sicuri, Palermo
“Textures: Word and Symbol in Contemporary African Art”, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC
“Inside Italians No.3”, Italian Institute of Culture & Novarum Projects, Copenhagen
“Travelling show with the Oprandi Gallery”, Bergamo, Hong Kong, Beirut, Brussels, Paris, and Granada
“Text Messages: Five Contemporary Artists and the Art of the Word”, October Gallery, London
“Italian Dreams”, GASP Gallery, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
“History of Containers”, Benciv Art Gallery, Pesaro
“Fathi Hassan: Selected Works”, Skoto Gallery, New York
Contemporary Videofusion, Studio RO, Rome
“The temple of wind”, Genus gallery, curated by Gloria Gradassi, San Benedetto Del Tronto (AP) “Safir”, Palazzo Ducale, Urbino
“Inscribing Meaning”, Fowler Museum, Curated by Elisabeth Harney E Christine Kreamer, California “Italian Dreams and Dreaming of Italy”, travelling show: Teatro Junghans at SGuardi Sonori, Venice, curated by Carlo Faticoni
“Migration of dreams”, Antichi Forni, curated by Oriana Salvucci, Macerata “Espijismos”, San Pedro museum, curated by Aziza Alaoui, Mexico (Puebla)