A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, Idris Khan is known for his photographic palimpsests of texts and places, the repeated layering of image over image complicating any one reading, denying words their original emotive power as they become patterns across a surface.
21 Stones series; No. 1, No.2, No. 3, No. 8, No. 11, No. 17 and No.19 by Idris Khan, 2011
© Idris Khan
- Ink on paper
- Each 54.5 x 54.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £9,100 ( Total: £36,400)
- Acquired in:
- Victoria Miro Gallery
In his series 21 Stones, Khan extends this interest in layering and turning words and statements into visual patterns. These drawings were exhibited in The Devils Wall, an exhibition inspired by Khans fathers experience of the Hajj. The power of these works rests in their multiple readings. Created using repeatedly stamped statements, both personal and from the Quran, they resemble a creative outburst as well as a repeated, meditative mantra.
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