‘I am a socially-engaged artist who’s worked in detention centres, schools, prisons, refugee and settlements camps, hospitals and youth centres, public and private galleries in the Australian and international context.
I began my creative life in the mid 80’s as a Hip-Hop performer and since then have artistically evolved to develop and produce numerous art presentations. I migrated with my family to Australia in 1977 due to civil war and in 2002 I travelled back to Lebanon and the surrounding region. This extended travel period became a significant moment in my creative career, forcing me to question, reflect and redefine my philosophical perspective and contemporary visual arts practice.
I am inspired by what may define us as a society and I strive to make artwork that reflects human collectiveness, while questioning ideological principles and complexities of identity politics. I make artwork that is in constant flux between the everyday and the metaphysical, in hope to find ways to enlighten our understanding of universal dynamics, which is far more complex and ultimately, more inconceivable than our physical selves’.
Born in 1965, Tripoli, Lebanon and currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
Education, Master of Arts, Time Based Art major at COFA, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Khaled Sabsabi’s process involves working across art mediums, geographical borders and cultures to create immersive and engaging art experiences. He see’s art as an effective tool to communicate with people, through a familiar language. Sabsabi makes work that questions; rationales and complexities of nationhood, identity and change. His practice speaks to audiences in ways that interconnect the interrelatedness and cycles of daily life.
Khaled was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts CCD fellowship in 2001, Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship 2010, 60th Blake Prize 2011, MCG Basil Sellers fellowship 2014, Fishers Ghost Prize 2014, Western Sydney ARTS NSW Fellowship 2015 and Sharjah Art Programme Prize 2016. He is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane and has 14 works in private, national and international collections. He has also participated in the 5th Marrakech Biennale, 18th Biennale of Sydney, 9th Shanghai Biennale, Sharjah Biennial 11, 1st Yinchuan Biennale, 3rd Kochi Muziris Biennale, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art 2018 and the 21st Biennale of Sydney.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
A PROMISE, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia.
A SELF PORTRAIT, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia.
MAJORITY MINORITY, Fairfield Museum and Art Gallery, Fairfield, Australia.
WE KILL YOU, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
70,000 VEILS, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
99, Peacock Gallery, Auburn, Australia.
SYRIA, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
MUSH, Islamic Museum of Australia, Melbourne, Australia.
KHALED SABSABI: RECENT WORKS, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
MUSH, Art Space Sydney, Woolloomooloo, Australia.
INTEGRATION, ASSIMILATION AND A FAIR GO FOR ALL, Gallery 4A, Australia.
RESORT, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, New Zealand.
ON`N’ ON, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Arts NSW, Australia.
RESORT, Mori Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
ALI OR عLI, Casula Powerhouse and Campbelltown Arts Centre, Australia.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
HABITAT: WAYS OF LIVING, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Australia.
DO IT (AUSTRALIA), Kaldor Public Art Project, Serpentine Galleries, London and Independent Curators International.
AUSTRALIA - ANTIPODEAN STORIES, Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea (PAC) Milan Italy.
SUPERPOSITION: EQUILIBRIUM & ENGAGEMENT, 21st Biennale of Sydney, Cockatoo Island, Australia.
DIVIDED WORLDS, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Adelaide, Australia.
THE NATIONAL, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia.
UNDER THE SUN: REIMAGINING MAX DUPAIN’S SUNBAKER, Australian Centre for Photography, NSW State Library, Sydney, Australia.
ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, Sydney Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Australia.
FORMING IN THE PUPIL OF AN EYE, 3rd Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India.
FOR AN IMAGE, FASTER THAN LIGHT, 1st Yinchuan Biennale, MOCA, China.
IT’S OUR THING, Blacktown Arts Centre, Australia.
BEACHHEAD'S PEACE OF MIND, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand.
DO IT, Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces, Sharjah, UAE.
9/11, Moana, Perth, Australia.
24 FRAMES PER SECOND, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia.
HOME HERE NOW, Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre, Dandenong, Australia.
DISCO DOME, ICE exhibition, Sydney Festival, Parramatta, Australia.
EXPERIMENTA – RECHARGE, 6th international biennial of media Art, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
GIVING VOICE, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Australia.
BASIL SELLERS ART PRIZE 4, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne and The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
SUBJECT TO RUIN, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Australia.
CONFLICT CONTEMPORARY RESPONSES TO WAR, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Australia.
LET THE LIGHT IN, Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, Sydney, Australia.
WHERE ARE WE NOW, 5th Marrakech Biennale, Morocco.
THE AUSTRALIAN PLATFORM, Art Stage Singapore.
TOWARDS A NEW CULTURAL CARTOGRAPHY, Sharjah Biennial 11, UAE.
TABOO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.
SHIFTING SANDS, Contemporary Art Centre of South (CACSA), Australia.
REACTIVATION, 9th Shanghai Biennale, Gallery 4A Sydney Pavilion, China.
ALL OUR RELATIONS, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art and Cockatoo Island, Australia.
EXCAVATION: The Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park, Australia.
VOLUME ONE: MCA COLLECTION, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.
EDGE OF ELSEWHERE 3, Sydney Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Gallery 4A and University of Sydney, Australia.
GENERATIONS, Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, Australia.
BLAKE ART PRIZE; National Art School, Sydney Australia.
Medium Cool; Kudos Gallery, Sydney Australia.
EDGE OF ELSEWHERE 2, Sydney Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Gallery 4A and University of Sydney, Australia.
HELEN LEMPRIERE SCHOLARSHIP, Artspace Sydney, Australia.
PRESENT TENSE: AN IMAGINED GRAMMAR OF PORTRAITURE IN THE DIGITAL AGE, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
EDGE OF ELSEWHERE 1, Sydney Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Gallery 4A and University of Sydney, Australia.
MAKING IT NEW: FOCUS ON CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN ARTS, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.
OUT OF PLACE, LEBANESE ARTISTS IN THE DIASPORA, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin.
KHALED SABSABI & MAZEN KERBAJ, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia.
TALES OF COLOUR from the personal to the political, Blacktown Arts centre.
SOUNDLAB DIGITAL ART FESTIVAL Rosario/Argentina 2007 & Valencia/Spain 2008.
ASIA - EUROPE MEDIATIONS, Museum of Art, Poznan, Poland.
SOFT POWER: ASIAN ATTITUDE, Contemporary art results from post-industrial society, MOCA, Shanghai, China.
THE RESILIENT LANDSCAPE, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney Australia.
OVERSITE BEYOND EXCHANGE, BROADER THEN CITIES, Casula Powerhouse, Australia.
YEAR IN ART 2006, annual exhibition, National trust of Australia, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
MONOGRAPHIC SAMPLE OF ART AVERAGE, Calda University, UNESCO, Foundation Institute of Investigations of Image, Ministry of Culture Colombia.
D/LUX MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL, Sydney Opera House, Australia.
INTERDIGITATE, the Moving Image Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.
ASIA-PACIFIC DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL, gallery 4 A, Sydney, Australia.
://SELFPORTRAIT - A TOURING SHOW FOR BETHLEHEM - A SHOW FOR PEACE, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum Naples, Italy.
MEMORY & IDENTITY AND VIOLENCE, SoundLab Channel, EDITION III, Germany and the 2nd Digital Art Festival Rosario/Argentina.
ART IN THE AIR, Faucet Media Arts Centre & Struts Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.
AV OUT, exhibition, Blacktown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia.
HATCHED NATIONAL EXHIBITION, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia.
ELECTROFRINGE THE DEVIL IN DETAIL, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Australia.
EAST OF SOMEWHERE, visual arts exhibition, Casula Powerhouse, Australia.
LIVING HERE NOW ART & POLITICS, Y2K, Australian Perspecta, Sydney, Australia.
ARAB MADE EXHIBITION, Casula Powerhouse, Australia.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney NSW
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney NSW
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool NSW
Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown NSW
Australian War Memorial - AWM, Canberra ACT
Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman NSW
Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum, Casoria
Chrisoula Lionis, ‘Insurgence of the ‘Politizen’; Broadsheet: contemporary visual art + culture; 2007.
Naomi Gall, ‘ON' n 'ON’ Artlink, Fuel for Thought: oil, energy, conflict and art, Issue 28:1 March 2008.
David McNeil, ‘Khaled Sabsabi, or how to tell when you’re listening to a fool’, Broadsheet: contemporary visual art + culture, March 2008.
P. Tabar and J. Skulte-Ouasis, Politics, Culture and the Lebanese Diaspora, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2010.
S. Fernandes, ‘Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation’, Verso 2011.
Farid Farid, ‘Unrequited Language’ Artlink, Diaspora, Issue 31:1 March 2011.
Pedro de Almeida, ‘Everything and nothing’, BROADSHEET, vol. 42.2, June 2013.
Andrew Yip, ‘Peacefender’, Artlink, Art & War: Badlands, Issue 35:1 March 2015.
Kon Gouriotis, ‘Khaled Sabsabi’ Artist Profile, Issue-33 by Lucy Stranger February 2016.
Chari Larsson, ‘Multitude, Solitude: Khaled Sabsabi’s ‘Crowds’, Di’van, December 2017.
Genevieve O'Callaghan, The National 2017: New Australian art, Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales; Museum of Contemporary Art; Carriageworks; 2017.
Julie Ewington, 'The state of our art', The Monthly, May 2017, 47-49.
Kon Gouriotis, Australasian Painters, 2007-2017, Orange Regional Gallery and Artist Profile, [Journal], June 2017.
Green, Erica, Divided worlds: 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian art, 2018, 'Divided worlds', 16-24, 78, 79, 121. [The Art Gallery of New South Wales set is pictured in detail other sets belonging to Art Gallery of Western Australia & War Memorial, Canberra].
The Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship in 2010
The 60th annual Blake Prize in 2011
The 52nd Fishers Ghost Prize in 2014
The National Sports Museum Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship 2014
ARTS NSW Western Sydney Arts Fellowship 2015
Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme 2016
International Council of Museums' and Heritage Awards, Video Art Prize 2016
University of NSW Annual Alumni Award ‘Art and Culture’ 2019