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B. 1966 in Budapest, lives and works in Budapest.

Roza El Hassan was born in Budapest to Hungarian-Syrian parents and grew up in Western Germany, but moved back to Budapest in 1987. After studying fine arts in Budapest and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, El Hassan began a second degree in social design, wich she completed with a PhD. Working at the intersection of visual arts, social design and architecture, El Hassan is deeply interested creating a dialogue between drawing, urban ecological development, traditional craftmanship and history. Her work becomes directly involved with the subjugated ‘other', something the art world frequently chooses to neglect. In this way she works intensively at increasing awareness, concerning the fate of the Syrian people during the civil war.

Roza El Hassan
Breeze 9 (Natural Air Conditioning and Adobe Houses), 2015

Installation, variable dimensions.
Materials: prototypes for temporary housing, made of sun-dried adobe bricks

Drawing: detail 1
Exhibition view at M HKA Contemporary art museum of Antwerp, 2016
Courtesy of the artist

Roza El Hassan is present internationally both with exhibitions in art institutions as well as with social design projects. Recent solo exhibitions include Museum Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia (2017); Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp (2017); Kunstraum Riehen, Basel, with Martha Rosler (2016); Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel (2012); Secession, Vienna (2000). She was part of numerous group exhibitions, i.e. at Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017); Sharjah Art Foundation (2015); Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary (2015); mumok, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria (2012); or Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2003).

Important public projects include Behiive, a research and innovation with a series of drawings on ancient and future architecture in Northern Syrian villages and South Turkey (2013); No Corruption, Social Brand (extended documentation on www.nocorruption.hu, ongoing since 2009); or Future's Dialect - The Breeze - Al Houa - an innovation for adobe architecture and natural circulation of water and heat (since 2012).

Her work is in public collections such as Ludwig Museum Budapest – Museum of Contemporary Art, Erste Bank Group, Austria; Kunsthaus, Zurich; Kunstmuseum, Basel; Museum Allerheiligen Schaffhausen; MUHKA, Antwerp; mumok, Museum of Moden Art, Vienna; Tranzit Budapest; or Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Hungarian National Gallery.


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