Sharlene Khan

Location: London

Sharlene Khan is a South African visual artist, completing a PhD in Visual Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London. Khan’s work often incorporates a range of media that generate installations and performances that focus on the socio-political realities of a post-apartheid society and the intersectionality of race-gender-class. She uses masquerading as a postcolonial strategy to interrogate her South African heritage as well as the constructedness of identity via rote education, art discourses, historical narratives and popular culture.


2015: Nervous Conditions, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, 23 January
2013: Nervous Conditions, I Make Art and No Place, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, 5 December
2011: Other Stories, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 March – 30 April
2009: Other Stories, Right on the Rim Gallery, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 September – 11 October
(B)lack and What I look like, What I feel like, Polokwane Art Museum, Polokwane, 26 March – 15 May
2008: (B)lack, Association for the Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, 10 – 23 March
What I look like, What I feel like, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa, 4 – 29 September
2007: (B)lack, KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA), Durban, South Africa, 2 – 21 October (catalogue)
Walking the Line, BAT Centre, Durban, South Africa, 5 – 27 October
2006: Previously Disadvantaged, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa, 17 August – 3 September (catalogue)
2004: Walking The Line, University of Witwatersrand Downstairs Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 3 September (catalogue)
2003: Two for One Rand, Goethe Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 November – 11 December
2001: Durban at Work, Kwa-Muhle Museum, Durban, South Africa, April – June


2014: Literary, Polokwane Art Museum, Polokwane, South Africa, 10 September – 15 October, Curator: Amos Letsoalo
ARTchipelago Artists Exhibition, Institut Francais Maurice, Mauritius, 20 June – 7 July, Curator: Tiffany Thompson
2013: Rememory, William Goodenough College, London, UK, 25 February – 3 March, Curators: Sharlene Khan, Fouad Asfour and Imara Rolston
2012: Happily Never After, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, 2 – 27 July, Curator: Sharlene Khan
2011: It’s all Chinese to Me – How Abstract Can One Be?, After the Butcher, Berlin, Germany, 17 June – 7 August, Curator: Eva Seufert
Agter die Berge: The Joburg Fringe Video Berlin, Haus 19, Berlin, Germany, 26 May – 11 June, Curators: Claudia Shneider and Christine Gruss
Figures of Speech, ‘Beyond Languages Project’, Jozi Art Lab, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 February – 6 March, Curators: Eva Seufert, Fouad Asfour, Claudia Shneider
Samsara, Tathum Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 24 February – 20 March, Curator: Selvin Naidoo
Crossing Boundaries: Contemporary Art and Artists from South Africa, The Gallery – Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar, 26 January – 5 March, Curators: Jochen Sokoly and Ortrud Mulder (catalogue)
2010: Samsara, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa, 26 November – 13 February 2011, Curator: Selvin Naidoo
Nud(g)e, Artspace, Johannesburg, South Africa, 30 May – 30 June, Curator: Sotiris Moldovanos
The New Order Beauty, Palette Art Gallery, Delhi, India, 25 January – 28 February, Curator: Vibha Galhotra
Bring mir ein Gras vom Rand der Bildebene, Atelier Frankfurt, Germany, 5 June – 8 July, Curators: Fouad Asfour and Saul Judd
2008: Urban Concerns, BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden, 19 January – 1 March, Curator: Veronica Wiman
Living Legacy, Kizo Gallery, Durban, South Africa, 1 – 30 September, Curators: Bongi Bengu and Nathi Gumede. (catalogue)
Modern Fabrics, Bag Factory Artist’s Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 September – 17 October, Curator: Nontobeka Ntombela
Bring mir ein Gras vom Rand der Bildebene, Dioptic GmbH Weinheim,
2007: The Hourglass Project: Personal Vocabulary, House Museum and Resource Centre of African American Art, Atlanta, USA, 15 July – 9 September, Curator: Karen Comer Lowe. (catalogue)
2006: MTN New Contemporaries, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 May 25 June, Curator: Khwezi Gule (catalogue)
Les Arts De La Coexistence?, Alliance Francaise, Paris, France, 17 – 20 January
2005: Feb Group Show International 2005, Bayer ABS Limited Gallery, Gujerat, India, February – March, Curator: Vinod Patel and Alok Bal (catalogue)
Take Me To the River, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa, 25 May – 3 July, Curator: Vivienne Lassman (catalogue)
Les Arts De La Coexistence?, Migrationculturelles, Bordeaux, France, 21 September – 22 October, Curator: Bruce Clark (catalogue)
Les Arts De La Coexistence?, St. Eugene Crypt, Biarritz, France, 17 November – 4 December
South African Artists on Residency, Mairie Chateau, Pujols, France, 3 – 8 December
2004:The ID of South African Artists, Fortis CircusTheatre, Scheveningen, Holland, April, Curators: Janine Van Den Ende, William Wells, Sharlene Khan (catalogue)
Community (Re)Production, Gallery Ancienne Couronne, Biel-Bienne, Switzerland, 15 May, Curator: Hubert Dechant
10 Years, 100 Artists, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, 8 – 23 December
2003: Thupelo International Workshop Exhibition, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, February
Open Studio, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 2 – 7 November
2002: State of Being, Fordsburg Artists’ Studios, Johanneburg, South Africa, April (catalogue)