Taf Hassam

Taf Hassam werd geboren in Engeland, en woont nu in Amsterdam. De kunstenaar zoekt bij ieder project naar de historische, sociale en emotionele context. Hieruit ontstaat een constructie die niet alleen genuanceerd weergegeven, maar ook tot op het bot ontleed en in al haar facetten verbeeld wordt. Dit kan vele vormen aan nemen waaronder multimedia installaties of audio-visuele performances. Een beeld vormt samen met geluid één stem, waardoor tijd en ruimte worden overbrugd en eerst onzichtbare relaties tussen beeld en historie op de voorgrond treden. Ook het schrijven van kritische essays en publiseren maken deel uit van zijn werkzaamheden.

Taf Hassam (1980, UK) is an artist and organiser. He studied Photography and English Literature in Brighton and later settled in Ireland where he had an active role in the art, theatre and music scenes. In 2005, he moved to Amsterdam to study at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL) receiving a Bachelor in Fine Art and an Honours Degree in Artistic Research & Scientific Practice. Between 2008 and 2010 he completed a Master in Fine Art at The Dutch Art Institute (NL).

Taf Hassam’s work oscillates between photography, text, performance, and sound, and often assumes curatorial and editorial roles as forms of artistic practice. Generally his work deals with activating what he calls ‘the dead space’ of the conventional exhibition model, while highlighting the interrelationships between cultural production and politics. His practice extends to producing homemade publications, music events, lectures, exhibitions, and his topics can range from questions surrounding self-organisation, marginalised and fictionalised histories, to the history of free expression in music. In 2010, he co-founded Goleb, an independent art space in Amsterdam where he continues to work as an organiser.

Recent projects include: Like Fire, Expansible Over All Space, And Like The Air In Which We Breathe, Move (2013) performance and exhibition at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India; John Ferrari–An American Tragedy (2012) photographic and text work, as part of the group exhibition Porta Nigra at Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London; Street by Street–Block by Block (2012) publication and lecture with Roel Griffioen and Jeremiah Day, INexactly This: Festival of Independents, Amsterdam; f.i.r.e.i.n.c.a.i.r.o. (2012) live radio and event space, appeared as part of the conference We Are The Time: Art Lives in the Age of Global Transition at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.