Competition: US & Canada
Osman Khan is an artist interested in constructing artifacts and experiences for social criticism and aesthetic expression. His work plays and subverts the materiality behind themes of identity, home/land, social and public space through participatory & performative installations and site-specific interventions.
Khan was born in Pakistan and grew up in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University. He completed his MFA from UCLA in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the MFA Program at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan.
His work has been shown at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MoCAD), Detroit; the Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai; L.A. Louver, L.A.; Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Ars Electronica Center, Linz; O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz; Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids; Centro Internazionale per l’Arte Contemporanea, Rome; 5c5c Seoul, Sangsangmadang, Soeul; among others. Along with a substantial exhibition career, Khan’s expanded practice also includes cultural placemaking (Co-Director of the Indus Detroit, Artist Residency + Culture Lab), curatorial endeavors (Halal Metropolis Exhibition Series), and cultural enterprises (Indus Truck Works and Indus Truck Décor Corporation).