born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1956. In 1986 the French government
awarded him a scholarship to study printmaking with S.W. Hayter at Studio
17 in France. His work has been shown at a number of solo and group
shows, including, "L'Art Contemporain Afrique," Brussels,
1998; and "Democracy's Images: Photographs and Visual Art After
Apartheid", BildMuseet, Umea, 1998.
Using recycled materials from billboards around Johannesburg, South Africa, Kay Hassan creates paper constructions that depict groups of displaced migrants and refugees. Under apartheid (1948-91), groups of black South Africans were forced from their homes to designated townships.
While Hassan draws upon his experience in South Africa, the suffering
of political and religious refugees remains universal. Objects
in the installation, such as the bicycles carrying blankets, suitcases
and bags, represent the itinerant lifestyle of their owners. Hassan
also incorporated a documentary video about the student uprisings in
South Africa a reaction by black students to being taught in