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Khaled Sabsabi Book Launch

Saturday 27 May, 2023, 11:00am at Campbelltown Arts Centre


Bandicoot Publishing is thrilled to present Khaled Sabsabia collection of essays about the artist and his work. 

The launch event of Khaled Sabsabi will be held at Campbelltown Arts Centre on the 27th of May at 11am. All are welcome and attendance is free. There will be an opportunity to purchase a book and have your copy signed by Khaled. There will also be a panel discussion, and a showing of his work in the afternoon. 
To register for the launch event click here. 

Great art arises from lived experience and deep contemplation. Khaled Sabsabi has suffered through extremes: as a boy in the ancient cosmopolitan Lebanese city of Tripoli, he experienced the destruction of the 1970s civil war. He then came to a very different Australia, where he was at first bullied and insulted as a Lebanese and a Muslim. The Sabsabis settled in Sydney’s West, where his parents established an Arabic music and video business. Involved in Hip-Hop music he began to make his own videos, building friendships with a ‘who’s who’ of early Hip-Hop artists; Public Enemy, Def Wish Cast and Beastie Boys.

Initially trained as a surveyor, he became a Community Youth Worker in Western Sydney, using Hip-Hop to engage; His original techniques and use of Video led to Visual Arts study at the University of New South Wales. Awarded an Australia Council Community Cultural Development fellowship in 2001, and returning to Lebanon he was challenged by the problems there, and faced the complex emotions of dual loyalties, memories, duty. Initially the issues were overwhelming. However, meeting the Sufi teacher Bilal Al Hossni produced for Sabsabi a creative journey through multidisciplinary art, leading to brilliant international and local career. His sound and music compositions have featured in award-winning films.

Contact distribution@bandicootp.com.au
Editors Erin McFadyen, Kon Gouriotis, Melissa Peša 
Foreword by Michael Brand
Writers Adam Porter, Blair French, Bose Krishnamachari, Chari Larsson, Eugenio Viola,  Farid Farid, John Clark, John Mateer, Kon Gouriotis, Lisa Havilah, Matt Cox, Michelle Antoinette, Naomi Gall, Nur Shkembi, Pedro de Almeida, Stephanie Berlangieri 
Essays, Hardback, 300pp, $79.00 AUD
ISBN 97806445131901
Published by Bandicoot Publishing