Saba Hasan is an artist with an eclectic contemporary repertoire consisting of installations, paintings, photographs, voice works and videos. Layered with undertones her work reveals the forces of time, nature and personal histories in a potent, nuanced voice.  Saba is a recipient of fellowships from Syracuse University, New York; the George Keyt Art Foundation, Colombo 2002; the French Cultural Ministry, Paris 2006; the Oscar Kokoschka Academy, Salzburg 2010 and the Raza National Award for painting 2005.

Her painting Song of a Departing Day was exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2013 as part of the Imago Mundi Collection; her performance video Saba Hasan Reads Her Poems was screened at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2015 and her acclaimed video La Verite/Haqeeqat/ The Truth project  was a finalist for the Celeste Prize 2014.

Saba's photographs are a part of the UN campaign to focus attention on water issues worldwide 2016 and her series Walking in Deer Park got honorable mention at the Moscow photo awards 2014. Her soundscapes and voice works have been to art shows in Salzburg, Lisbon and at the Met Brauer as part of composer John Adams soundwalk 2016. Saba has also acted as an art educator conducting innovative workshops and community art projects at the Kiran Nadar Museum, Jamia University and Artreach.

 

 

Exhibitions

Saba Hasan a prominent contemporary artist has exhibited widely since her first solo of paintings in 1997 called Hauz Khas Uneffaced germinating her artistic preoccupation with concepts like truth, which she explores through her book installations, conversations and videos. Her exhibition titled the "Book of Disquiet", 2005 comprised abstract mixed media paintings in which she introduced text in Urdu her mother tongue, which she does not read or write but has a great affinity for. This show was supported by the French Cultural Ministry and was followed in 2006 by a residency in Paris where she made a video installation, "the Paris Diary". In Salzburg, 2010 Saba wrote a voice work, "Journey of a Broken Song", which was installed at the Hohenberg Castle for the Salzburg International Art Festival. She wrote it in English in the cryptic tradition of the Urdu Ghazal, taking a look at racial profiling, state oppression, love, truth and mystical journeys. In 2011, the Brooklyn Art Library, New York made Saba's 38 page sketchbook Early Science from the Islamic world a part of their permanent collection and mobile library of which travels around the schools of the United States of America.

In her 2012 installations at Art Konsult and India International Centre, New Delhi, Saba used books she burnt or sculpted in sand and her poetry in response to censorship, loss of languages and altering memories expressed through book installations and her voice recordings. Saba's mixed media work, Song of the Departing Day , was exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013 at Fondazione Querini Stampalia, as part of the Imago Mundi Collection belonging to Luciano Benetton.

Her conversation-based video 'la verite/ haqeeqat/the truth'explores the philosophical, ethical and political perspectives associated with knowledge and the notions of truth. It was a part of the Sarai Reader Exhibition 09 at the Devi Art Foundation curated by Raqs Media Collective 2013. It was a finalist for the Celeste Prize 2014 and was screened at Assab One, Milan. Important preoccupations bringing city life and nature into focus as part of her practice are Saba's walks in neighboring Deer Park. She has built a large body of photographs tracing these walks from 2007 to 2014 and created a soundscape of her route, which was aired on Osso Radio, Portugal 2013 as part of an international public project mapping 25 cities. She has mirrored these walks around Lake Geneva, Jardins des Plantes, Kyoto's Zen Gardens and New York's Central Park each exploring our connection with nature much like her photographs presented in a solo exhibition by the Japan Foundation2016 at the Tenshin Okakura Gallery. Her latest body of book installations, video and voice were at the Gallery Art and Aesthetic 2017.