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Organised confusion



Khaled Sabsabi

Lebanon, Australia

1965 –

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Time-based art , Installation , Sculpture
    Materials used
    8-channel HD video installation, sound, wax dye on handmade wood mask
    1/3 + 2 APs
    dimensions variable :

    a - mask, 22 x 16 x 12 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated certificate of authenticity, digital signature "Khaled Sabsabi ... 13/6/2019".

    Gift of the artist 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Khaled Sabsabi
    Artist information
    Khaled Sabsabi

    Works in the collection


  • About

    'Organised confusion' explores heightened states of consciousness and fanaticism. Two of the video channels show supporters of the Western Sydney Wanderers football team, known as the Red and Black Bloc, gathered en masse to engage in the spectacle of sportsmanship. Together, this diverse crowd shares a communal experience that is by turns highly charged and uneventful. In dialogue with these immersive projections, Sabsabi presents a sequence of black and white videos that show the Javanese dancer Agung Gunawan performing a slow and introspective dance, evoking a state of spiritual transcendence. As the scholar Chari Larsson has noted, the work revolves around 'a series of strong dichotomies: public and private, collective and individual, secular and religious'[1], which reveal the disparate ways in which ritual and belief find expression across cultures.

    1. Chari Larson, 'Multitude, solitude: Khaled Sabsabi's 'crowds' in Di'van| A journal of accounts, Issue 1, Dec 2016, December 2016, p122

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

    • Kon Gouriotis, Artist Profile, "Acceptance in Khaled Sabsabi's 'A Promise'", pp- 156-158., St Leonards, 2017, 157-158 (colour illus.).

    • Chari Larsson, di'van. A journal of accounts, "Multitude, solitude: Khaled Sabsabi's crowds", pp 120- 129., Sydney, Dec 2016, 120, 122, 127 (illus.). details only

    • Victoria Scott, ArtAsiaPacific, "Khaled Sabsabi. A Promise", p 86, Hong Kong, Nov 2020, 86.

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