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KAY HASSAN EXHIBITION (article first published : 2000-12-4)

Throughout the centuries art has been the ideal tool for social expression to provide society with a window through which to view the environment. The work of award-winning artist Kay Hassan, currently on view at the Durban Art Gallery, manages to bring real life to a gallery space in the form of paper collage, offering a mirror image of society.

He is able to accomplish much with courage, vision and bold experimentation and incorporates found objects in his paper constructions. Fusing technology with the ordinary stuff of daily existence, he takes his inspiration from the streets of Johannesburg, studying and listening to the people around him

Kay Hassan is the winner of the first DaimlerChrysler Award made in late 1999, presented to him in recognition of the powerful and critical example of his recent work and a career spanning two decades.

The DaimlerChrysler Award is a remarkable initiative to foster outstanding talent in art and culture, two major pillars in the development of any society. This award has been established to support the best artist of the younger generation in a particular country, assisting them to make their way in the international art and culture field and receive their rightful recognition as artists.

The Kay Hassan exhibition runs at the Durban Art Gallery until January 19.




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