Navine G. Khan-Dossos - Artist portrait, photo via

Navine G. Khan-Dossos /   Vanessa Hodgkinson

United Kingdom 1982


Navine G. Khan-Dossos
Vanessa Hodgkinson
United Kingdom
April 13, 2016

Developing a form of geometric abstraction that assimilates the traditional aniconism of Islamic Art with the algorithmic nature of the world we live in, Navine G. Khan-Dossos painting style is based on her education and knowledge of Islamic Art. Going beyond the expected frameworks of religion and culture, she deals with the complexities of Orientalism, in both historical and contemporary contexts. Inescapable topic of today, the complex relationship between the West and Islamic world represents the main subject of her work. Trying to envisage this art as something essentially informational, not just abstract, Khan-Dossos explores the new figurative language that shapes our imagined version of reality.

Navine G. Khan-Dossos - The Mother of All Terrorists, Samantha Lewthwaite, 2015
Navine G. Khan-Dossos – The Mother of All Terrorists, Samantha Lewthwaite, 2015

Between the Middle East and West

Also known as Vanessa Hodgkinson, Khan-Dossos got her education in History of Art at Cambridge University, she studied Arabic language at Kuwait University, Islamic Art at the Prince’s School of Traditional Art in London and earned her MA in Fine Arts at Chelsea College of Art & Design. Participating at the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, she has also taken part in Residencies with the A.M. Qattan Foundation, Leighton House Museum, and the Delfina Foundation. She has exhibited and worked with various institutions as The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Witte de With in Rotterdam, The Delfina Foundation in London, The Library of Amiens, The A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah.

Khan-Dossos goes beyond the expected frameworks of religion and culture

Navine G. Khan-Dossos - Imagine a Palm Tree (installation view), 2015-2016
Navine G. Khan-Dossos – Imagine a Palm Tree (installation view), 2015-2016

Digital Form of Traditional Visual Language

Using the egg tempera and gouache, Khan-Dossos paints on wooden panels or directly onto walls, desiring the permanence of her work. Her interest in conceptual and structural frameworks that amplify the process of communicating ideas trough painting moved away her recent work from pure geometrical shapes of Islamic Art toward universal visual language. She explores new media technologies as a potential for making images, including the political and aesthetic significance of viral perceptions as systems of propaganda. Her works build a relationship with the current condition of political distrust and cultural and social paranoia with references to photomontage and misinterpretations.

Khan-Dossos paints on wooden panels or directly onto walls

Quest for Figurative in Aniconic World

Merging her practical training in the crafts of Islamic Art and knowledge in Art History, Khan-Dossos combine the aniconic with her quest for figurative as a mediated digital presence. Bonding the industrial terminology with visual signs instead of figuration, she suggests to the viewer to conceptualize the subject through memory and his own imagination. Shifting the logic of the geometrical pattern to universal representations, Khan-Dossos mixes the traditional art with digital languages of programming and the internet. Using geometry not only as decoration but as information, her interests put the Orientalism in the digital realm and aniconism in contemporary culture.

Navine G. Khan-Dossos is represented by Nome, Berlin.

Navine G. Khan-Dossos lives and works in Athens and London.

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YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Imagine A Palm Tree Benaki Museum Islamic Art Collection, AthensSolo
2016The Black Standard Galerie Roger Katwijk, AmsterdamDuo
2016Yes Screaming No The One Minutes, AmsterdamGroup
2015Psi Fokidos, AthensSolo
2015 Komt Hier Aan Deze Gele Vlaktes Probe Projects, ArnhemSolo
2015Art In The Age Of …. Asymmetric Warfare Witte de With, RotterdamGroup
2015 Art In The Age Of …. Planetary Computation Witte de With, RotterdamGroup
2015The Girl With The Sun In Her Head Van Eyck Academie, MaastrichtGroup
2014 Pre-Image Peninsula Art Space, Brooklyn, New YorkSolo
2014 Sucker Scar Script Crowell Fine Art, New Bedford MASolo
2014 Abstract GeometryRook & Raven, LondonGroup
2014Salon Marcelle Joseph Projects, LondonGroup
2013So Much Magic Chelsea College of Art & Design, LondonSolo
2013 Watching You 10011, New YorkGroup
2013Hierarchies Chelsea College of Art & DesignGroup
2013 Celluloid, Cellulose, Cellulite Chelsea College of Art & DesignGroup
2013 Surface Chelsea Future Space, LondonGroup
2013Take Me Out Limoncello Gallery at London Art FairGroup
2012 Where Are You Know, Project D Capital D Studios, DubaiSolo
2012 This Is London Shizaru Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Shem Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Modes ottomanes: la gravure de l’Orient au Siècle des Lumières Amiens, FranceGroup
2011Economies of Language Hardy Tree Gallery, LondonSolo
2011Call Me Ishmael Parfitt Gallery, London, UKGroup
2010 A Journey into the World of the Ottomans Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, QatarGroup
2009Torero-Torera Viktor Wynd Fine Art, LondonSolo
2008Pale The Wall Leighton House Museum, LondonSolo
2007 The Desert Generation Jerusalem & AmsterdamGroup
2006Just Weight Full Measure, ABCC, LondonSolo
2006This Being Human Christ’s College, Cambridge UniversitySolo
2006 Pathos To Ethos Eleven Fine Art, LondonGroup