Amal Khan

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1990

Amal Khan is a multidisciplinary artist who utilizes multiple image-making processes, video, and sculpture to access the ways in which two people –in any form of relationship– are meant to interact in public/private settings within the Saudi social context. Khan’s work explores issues of gender and identity politics, and critiques the idea of power and privilege in a male-dominant, gender-segregated country. She also investigates what it’s like to be in a constant state of flux or in-between the presence and absence of body, mind, and culture. Khan chooses a more subtle, abstract, and slightly humorous approach to deal with extreme situations, and plays between fantasy and reality within the personal and public spheres. Also present in her works is the notion of how symbols and stereotypes within a system can be redefined, displaced, and sometimes distorted through the application of certain actions, performance, and imaginative play. She recognizes the importance of western influence on the east and the boredom and frustration that comes along with “performing” the expected.

Amal Khan moved to the United States in late 2008, and she is currently living in Brooklyn, NY.