Lewis Khan b.1990 is a photographic artist from London, working with stills and moving image. His portrait based work is a study of emotion, relationships, and identity.
Khan’s graduation piece from UWE, Bristol – ‘Georgetown’ (11min , 20sec) was picked up and exhibited widely, notably at The Photographers Gallery as part of Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed, it was also awarded 1st Prize at Shuffle Film Festival by Director Danny Boyle. Following that Khan’s practice has taken him further afield, shooting projects commercially and personally in countries across Europe and The Americas. At the same time as this Khan has undertaken an Artist Residency spanning 4 years across two general London hospitals; The Chelsea & Westminster and the West Middlesex. The resulting project ‘Theatre’ offers a complex web of associations based on the universal human qualities of strength & fragility. The project is situated in the context of the contemporary landscape of UK healthcare; the potential privatisation of the NHS, and the allegorical connection between the immediate themes explored in the project and the unfolding wider political situation.
In 2014 Khan won a bursary to make imagery for an exhibition at The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, after which the Hospital Trust asked him to pitch for a new project. Initially his idea revolved around the politics of anti-privatization, a narrative that is still important to him. Gradually though, his approach became less overtly political and more transparently human, dealing with the strength and fragility that he witnessed on a daily basis.
He spent prolonged periods time assimilating to the environment. Shadowing Mark Bower, a consultant oncologist, he became aware of the emotional effects of hospital life that apply just as much to staff as patients. This observation suggested that the hierarchy that we might assume of hospital life is a fallacy. The reality is more like a mutual respect that eschews power dynamics in favour of a communal understanding.
From Strength and Fragility, by Jim Campbell.
1/5Portrait of Britain 2017
Portrait of Britain is an award-winning nationwide photography exhibition, run by British Journal of Photography in partnership with JCDecaux. The exhibition celebrates the rich tapestry of people that make up Great Britain, by turning their stories into public art.
Established in 2008, the annual exhibition and competition Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed gives emerging talent the opportunity to exhibit their work at The Photographers’ Gallery. Showcasing the quality and breadth of graduate work from visual arts courses across the UK, the exhibition and relating programmes celebrate the innovative practices from a range of photographic fields.
Selected by a panel of photographic experts from different backgrounds, artist/photographers have the opportunity to work closely with the exhibitions team to develop their presentation within the exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery