Fathi hassan

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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).



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

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

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

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)

Saharian Conflict”, Mashrabia Gallery, curated by Stefania Angrano, Il Cairo

Contenitori Di Memoria, Annina Nosei Gallery, Curated by Francesca Pietracci,New York

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

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)

Horizon Lines:Landscape Between Description. and Abstraction”, Modern Art Gallery, curated by Maurizio Ciaccaluga, GenoA


Dakar Biennale 2008”, Senegal

In the Mediterranean”, Ex Aurum, Pescara

Marina di Ravenna Award”, Municipal Art, Museum of Ravenna


Antologica”, Villa Pisani, curated by Valli Cavedagna, Stra (Venezia)
Adorned/Unadorned”, Skoto Gallery, New York

"Containers of Light”, Andrea Art, text catalog Cecilia Antonini, Vicenza
Invites, Museum Arnhem, Netherlands

MAFRIQUE” , Spazio Moroso, Milan

Arabian World Festival”, San Severina, Cortona

Water, The Music, Soul”, Auditorium SanTA Margherita, Venice
Kenuz”, Domus Artis Gallery, curated by Milena Grosso, Naples

Arabicity”, Rose Issa Projects at Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon

Arabicity”, Rose Issa Projects at the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool

The Temple of Zeus“, Valle dei templi, Agrigento

MASHRABIA“ contatto arte and studio protecno architettura, Faenza

El Muhager”, meeting with Fathi Hassan, Fondazione Balestra E Studio, Fioravanti, Sorrivoli

Tasaheel”,  L'Idioma art centre , Ascoli Piceno


Summer Show”, Skoto Gallery, New York

Mixed Hanging”, Rose Issa Projects, London

Rose Issa Projects at Abu Dhabi Art

Signs Of Our Times”, Rose Issa Projects,

Leighton House Museum, London

Haram Aleikum, Notions Of Shame”, Rose Issa Projects, London
mediamorfosi 2.0”, sud lab, curated by Gabriele Perretta, Portici (Naples)

The art of writing”, Art Forum of Wiesbaden, Germany

Trasformation”, Skoto Gallery, JunE - JUly, New York
Abu Dhabi Art”, Rose Issa Projects, Dubai


Re-Orientations II”, Rose Issa Projects, London

Sharjah biennial, Dubai

Summer Exhibitions “ Royal Academy, London

The skin I live in”, Feb/March, Pack Gallery, Milan

ONLY WORDS. Great artists of the second half of the 20th century”, Per Mari e Monti Gallery, Civitanove Marche

Faces & Voices”, Manchester Museum


Re- Orientations II”, Rose Issa Projects , London
The Seven Valleys”, Rose Issa Projects, London

Egyptology”, British Museum, curated by Venetia Porter


The Depth Of Hope”, curated by Caitlin Doherty, V. c.u,qatar , Doha.
Asemic”, Hallen Van Het Belfort, curated by Michel Dewilde, Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Belgium

Black and Gray”, Skoto Gallery, New York

New Grammars”, tribute to Fathi Hassan, Rocca Malatestiana, Fano.
Sacred Drops”, Rastatt, Germany.

ad personam“, contemporary art francesca monti, civitanove marche

what remains”, Rose issa projects, London


Migration of Signs “ Williams museum , Massachusetts curated by Maurita Poole.

"MARE MOTUS" ISLANDS EOILE 1950/2015, Sicily, Lipari Castle, curated by Lea Mattarella and Lorenzo Zichichi.

Etico / ETICHAL, cultural association PLANA "award" Milan Expo, 2015


African Art Against the State, Williams museum , Massachusetts . U.S.A

OUR LANGUAGE “ Egyptian Museum Fine Art , text by

maurita poole .

THE GESTURE “ massaioli fondation , Fabbriano, italy.

Edge of Memory “ Clark Museum ; Atlanta ( Georgia ), organized by Maurita Poole .


ANIMALIA” galleria Monti , Rome, curated by Angelo Capasso and Nikla Cingolani .

Cortesie per gli ospiti “ palazzo collicoli, Spleto, curated by Gianluca Marziani.


Victoria & Albert Museum.

british museum .

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art,

(Washington DC).

metropolitan museum , NEW YORK ( EGYPTIAN ART ) .

Fondazione Fausto Radici (Bergamo) .

flash art museum, trevi ( perugia ).

Barjeel foundation (Sharjah,U.A.E),

Symphonia s . g . r (Milan).

williams college museum of art, Massachusetts .

salon first prize young Egyptian art, painting, under

35 years ,1989.

Beiruth art center

Rosini Gutman Fondation.
MMAC Marta massaioli .

egiptian museum of fin art.

Clark Museum , Atlanta , U.S.A

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