Biennale History





KH 2Khaled Hafez was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1963, where he currently lives and works. He studied medicine and followed the evening classes of the Cairo fine arts school in the eighties. After attaining a medical degree in 1987 and M.Sc. as a medical specialist in 1992, he gave up medical practices in the early nineties for a career in the arts. He later obtained an MFA in new media and digital arts from Transart Institute (New York, USA) and Danube University Krems (Austria). Hafez's practice spans the genres of painting, video, photography, installation and interdisciplinary approaches.

Khaled's has participated in the 11th Havana Biennale, Cuba; 9th Bamako Photo Biennale, Mali; 8th Mercosul Biennale, Brazil; 12th Cairo Biennale, Egypt; Manifesta 8,Spain; 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece; 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Egypt; 7th Sharjah Biennale, UAE; 1st Singapore Biennale and the 6th and 7th Dakar Biennale, Senegal. He has held 21 solo exhibitions.

Khaled's statement on his Donkey Sculpture for the CARAVAN project:

Red Lines is a play on two linguistic puns: "red line/s" which is a post revolution term referring to censorship/prohibition of discussing certain political topics on the one hand, and on the other hand it is the name for the Zebra in Egyptian slang language: "homar mekhattat," which literally means "lined-donkey" or "donkey with lines."

My donkey takes reference from the zebra through the use of striations of red and black that simulate zebra skin patterns, and at the same time those are the colors of the Egyptian flag, alongside the raw white color of the resin donkey. The project puts in question notions of censorship, taboos and freedom of thought.

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