Born 1965, Tripoli, Lebanon. Lives and works Sydney and Tripoli.
Khaled Sabsabi migrated with his family to Australia in 1978 following the outbreak of civil war in Lebanon. They settled in Western Sydney, where Sabsabi now lives and works. Since the late 1980s Sabsabi has worked with communities, particularly Western Sydney communities, to create and develop arts programs and projects that explore the complexities of place, displacement, identity and ideological differences associated with migrant experiences and marginalisation.
Sabsabi began his creative life as a hip-hop performer but more recently has produced sound art, immersive installations and theatre pieces. As a video artist, he continues to work across borders of discipline, nationality and culture to create artworks that challenge the passive consumption of media spectacle. Sabsabi has exhibited nationally and internationally in exhibitions including Subject to Ruin, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney (2014); Where We Are Now, 5th Marrakech Biennale, Morocco (2014); The Australian Platform, Art Stage, Singapore (2014); Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE (2013); Edge of Elsewhere, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW and Gallery 4A, Sydney (2012); Making It New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, MCA, Sydney (2009); Out of Place, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin (2009); Soft Power: Asian Attitudes, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2007); ASIA – EUROPE Mediations, National Gallery, Poznan, Poland (2007); The Resilient Landscape, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney (2007); Interdigitate, The Moving Image Centre, Auckland (2006); and Living Here Now – Art and Politics, Australian Perspecta (1999).
Sabsabi’s work is held in a number of public and private collections including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney; Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW; and Italy Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum, Casoria.
Khaled Sabsabi, interview with Klaus Kinski, 26 November 2007