Fathi Hassanʼs visual work firstly pulls in the viewer with its bold lines, then through the floating texts, figures and symbols. His articulation unto the canvas is a deep form of poetry. In his drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, Hassan experiments with the written and spoken word, exploring the theme of ancient languages erased by colonial domination.
Hassanʼs work is in the permanent collections of the V&A, London; British Museum, London; Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC; and Farjam Collection, Dubai, among many others. He is the subject of numerous publications and writings by major critics, and curators, from Rose Issa to Achille Bonito Oliva. He also features in the book African Artists that will be published by Phaidon Press this fall 2021.