Idris Khan


b. 1978, Birmingham, England

Idris Khan works across a number of media to explore ideas of authorship, narrative, temporality, and repetition. Khan creates his monochromatic, palimpsest artworks by layering images – be it photographs of the Qur’an, of the London skyline, or sheets of Chopin’s Nocturnes for the Piano – and then digitally manipulating them (often until they become almost unrecognisable), to create a picture in which time and narrative have been dramatically compressed. Twinning issues like religion, music, and literature, with a Minimalist aesthetic, Khan’s varied works encourage us to rethink how we engage with our collective history and culture.

Exhibitions with L V H
Selected Work
Every... page of Vilem Flusser’s ‘Towards a Philosophy of Photography’, 2004 Colour coupler print mounted on aluminium 123.2 x 132.9 cm | 48 1/2 x 52 3/8 in Edition 1/5 (edition of 5 plus 2 Aps)