“The work I produce is inspired by the palimpsest of Caribbean culture. Ignoring the Caribs and Arawaks, the colonisers, Spanish, Dutch and English, traded people from India and Africa. My family was part of this. Sometimes the work I make is artistic, from Caribbean and colonial themes, other with very clear stories to create access. I use syncreticism, hiding images and forms with one another, like nesting Russian dolls. A simple example: the triangle is a resonant symbol with slavery and the LBGTQ+ people.”
selection of work
Teratological Drawing 2021
Drawing on paper
For Traces – Bagri Art Trail, Yarli Allison, Zarah Hussain, and Keith Khan create original micro-commissions that are shown alongside the fantastic collections of Marchant, Shahnaz and Peter Finer galleries respectively. These encounters have sparked conversations between traditional and contemporary art with the creation of three original works that will be on show for the duration of Asian Art in London, from 21 October to 6 November 2021.
For this commission Khan builds the figure of a gigantic god-like form of no specific denomination with its multiple faces and expressions, composed of interlaced historical and personal experiences that open a door to an earthly otherworldliness.
Hombre Hueso (Bone Man), 2020
This short film animates 2 of Khan’s carnivalesque characters in an experiment of form within form, empty space and 3-D camera movement.
Digital Animation Made for web platforms and mobile devices
Telemann is a short abstract digital animation, featuring a sequence of images inspired by folk art. Set to the score, lines and shapes create a series of paintings that make up the narrative of this film.
14 min film
Premiere 8th June LADA screens
Z (Zeta) is inspired by movements of penitence, derived from processional, and tortuous Catholic rituals. Inspired by the painter Zurbarán, his sparsely laid out ceramic objects and monks are transformed into brutal terracotta buildings, and urban deserts, with saint like figures. Filmed in Alicante, containing samples from the Easter procession of Los Manais de Girona, and an Orthodox mass in Romania.
China / India are research films, created from interviews and locations in Shanghai, Beijing, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, and Ahmedabad. These are towards a project about the culture and data of both places. These will be used towards the development of a show.
Made for Alter Image, C4
Alter Image was an arts magazine series commissioned by Channel 4 in the 80's. This program is dedicated to
His early work was created for clubs, for example the Zap club in Brighton, Pyramid club, New York (“Images from Purdah” with Diane Esguerra). He created large ink drawings on muslin, that were used as installations in his performances, along with extravagant costuming. His first performances, such as “Soucouyan” (Bluecoat, Liverpool) and “Flying Costumes, Floating Tombs” (Arnolfini / LIFT) featured diverse casts of drummers and dancers from African, Asian and Caribbean backgrounds, framed by community groups from deaf choirs, club DJ´s and canoeists, in these very designed environments. Thematically, these performances were based on the images from Caribbean folklore.