Khaled Sabsabi



Born 1965 in Tripoli, Lebanon. Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.



APT8 Cinema: Pop Islam, Co-Curator, QAGOMA, Brisbane



Awards and Residencies

2016 Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme Grant

2016 NSW Government's Inaugural Western Sydney Arts Fellowship

2016 Artspace, Sydney's 'Inaugural One Year Studio Artist' program

2014 Fisher's Ghost Art Award for his work Wonderland (2014)



Selected Solo exhibitions


Milani Gallery, Brisbane '70,000 Veils / Guerilla', Brisbane, Australia

SYRIA, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Milani Gallery, 'Recent Works', Brisbane, Australia

'MUSH', Artspace Sydney, Woolloomooloo, Australia


Integration, Assimilation and a Fair Go for All, Gallery 4A, Australia



Selected Group exhibitions


Yinchuan Biennale, Yinchuan City, China

Its Our Thing, Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown NSW

Beachheads ‘Peace of Mind’, Artspace, New Zealand

'do itبالعربي' at Bait Al Shamsi, Sharjah, UAE


'21' Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

9/11 at MOANA project Space, Perth

'Home Here Now' at Walker Street Arts Centre, Greater Dandenong

'24 Frames Per Second' Carriageworks, Sydney


'Experimenta Biennial' RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

'Giving Voice: The Art of Dissent', Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

'Subject to Ruin', Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney

The University of Queensland Art Museum, 'Conflict: Contemporary responses to War', Brisbane, Australia

5th Marrakech Biennale 'Where are we now', Morocco



Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE.


all our relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia

EDGE OF ELSEWHERE, Sydney Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Gallery 4A, Australia.


Generations, Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, Australia.

Blake Art Prize Exhibition; National Art School, Sydney Australia.

Medium Cool; Kudos Gallery, Sydney Australia.

EDGE OF ELSEWHERE, Sydney Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Gallery 4A, Australia.


Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition, Artspace Sydney, Australia.

PRESENT TENSE: An imagined grammar of portraiture in the digital age, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia.

M o m e n t u m, Carriageworks, Sydney Australia.

EDGE OF ELSEWHERE, Sydney Festival, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Gallery 4, Australia.


5th Mózg International Visual Arts Festival, Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Artists, MCA, Australia.

In This Together, Darwin Festival, ACMI Melbourne Australia & Bienal Ventosul Brazil.

Out of Place, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany.


Khaled Sabsabi and Mazen Kerbaj, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Australia.

Tales of Colour, Blacktown Arts centre, Australia.

On 'n' On, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Australia.


Soft Power Asian Attitude, Shanghai, China.

SOUNDLAB Digital Art Festival Rosario, Argentina 2007 & Valencia, Spain 2008.

The Resilient Landscape, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Australia.

Asia-Europe Mediations, Poznan, Poland.

Resort, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand.

Oversite, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Australia.


Year In Art 2006, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Australia.

Self Portrait, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum Naples, Italy.

Monographic, Calda, UNESCO Foundation Colombia.

D/Lux Media Arts, video works, Sydney Opera House, Australia.

Asia-Pacific Documentary Festival, gallery 4 A, Sydney, Australia.

Interdigitate, The Moving Image Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.

Ali or عli, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Campbelltown Arts Centre & Box Hill Arts Centre, Australia.

Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia.

SoundLab Channel, EDITION III, Germany and the 2nd Digital Art Festival Rosario / Argentina.

Art in the Air Art festival, Faucet Media Arts Centre, Struts Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.


AV Out, Blacktown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia.


Beirut Arts Festival, “The 3rd”, Beirut, Lebanon 

Electrofringe, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Australia.


East of Somewhere, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Australia.


Living Here Now – Art and Politics, Y2K, Australian Perspecta, Australia.




Australia Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney NSW

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool NSW

Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown NSW

Italy Casoria International Contemporary Art Museum, Casoria


Publications and Essays

Yip, Andrew. Khaled Sabsabi: Peacefender [online]. Artlink, Vol. 35, No. 1, Mar 2015: 60-63

‘Everything and nothing’ [on the work of Khaled Sabsabi in Sharjah Biennial 11 and 18th Biennale of Sydney], Contemporary Visual Art + Culture Broadsheet, no. 42.2, June 2013, pp. 108-111.

S. Fernandes, ‘Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation’, Verso 2011

Farid, Farid. Unrequited language: Khaled Sabsabi on art, humility and community [online]. Artlink, Vol. 31, No. 1, Mar 2011: 34-37

P. Tabar and J. Skulte-Ouasis, Politics, Culture and the Lebanese Diaspora, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2010 dress:  NSW 2177 Australia

K. Sabsabi, Ali or ʻAli : Khaled Sabsabi. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre ; Campbelltown, N.S.W. : Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2005