Sohail Khan | The Way You Are is The Way You Are (The Soft Rains of England) | March 2018

On Friday 16th March 2018 BasementArtsProject sees the return of Sohail Khan, this time in the guise of the Curator. Through the figure of the Curator, Khan has created a character that represents the cultural heritage of the artist, institutions and establishment; along the way he provides an interpretation of his own work in the context of the journey that Post Colonial British society has undertaken from the second world war to the present day, and projected this towards our fractured nations futurity. This is a key period in Khan’s personal history as it was this that brought his parents, both from differing cultures, to our shores; it is also the period that has brought us as a culture to our present moribund and confused state.

Accompanying the performance there will be an exhibition of evolving visual artworks including sculpture and painting. These works were begun in 1994 and come right up to the present day. They have never been shown before as a collection; they have however informed a live art career that spans twenty five years, and in this case provide a genuine historical narrative of personal performance practice as well as a game structure for audience interaction. The work, both performance and exhibition are designed to stimulate conversations around aspects of contemporary art practice through storytelling and our perception of these personal and national narratives inhabited through these objects.

Further reading on this project ...

The Way You Are Is The Way You Are - Studio Journal

Summer Snow. Winter Skies. The First Day of Spring

Friday 16th March | 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Exhibition Open
Saturday 17th March | 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 18th March | 2pm – 4pm
Monday 19th March | 11am – 2pm
Saturday 24th March | 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 25th March | 2pm – 4pm
Monday 26th March | 11am – 2pm

Exhibition Remains Open By Appointment until
Monday 2nd April

Lunchtime Conversations: Sohail Khan
Sunday 25th March | 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Places are limited and are regularly oversubscribed so booking for this event is essential.
Contact Bruce Davies at or on 0750 672 1504


The Way You Are Is The Way You Are (The Soft Rains of England) 2018

The Way You Are Is The Way You Are (The Soft Rains of England) 2018

Be Like Us But dont try to Join us | The Way You Are Is The Way You Are (The Soft Rains of England) 2018

Be Like Us But dont try to Join us | The Way You Are Is The Way You Are (The Soft Rains of England) 2018

Rear Exhibition Space View

Nagasaki - Dresden Venus (2017)

Water the Past … Meat the future .. (undated) Mid-Victorian bone, dead plant, earth, found quartz slab, red enamel paint, blood, British pound coin of dubious provenance

The Monad of Motherhood (2017 - 2018)

Winter Sky (2011 - 2012) Found board, mixed media with burning etching and scrubbing

Front Exhibition Space

Arkus in the Desert (2001 - 2003 then 2011 - ongoing) 

Summer Snow (2009 - 2012)

Relative Freedoms (You Are What You Are) (Date Unknown) Number 43 in the Objective Heritage - Selective Amnesia - Whitewash Series. This Artefact is of unknown provenance though it is the artists belief that it was gifted to the artist out of a misplaced sense of guilt by the donor.

British Steel (Assembled 2010) Soviet era coloured tissue paper, found drugs bag with cross of St George, found iron ingot enclosed in drugs bag, letraset, dust, hairspray, old family photo frame

Churchill the Younger meditating upon the actions of Churchill the Elder as his future self concerning in particular the Famine of East Bengal (2002 - 2018)

Side A Soldiers Pay (2003 - 2004 then 2017 - ongoing) Mixed media

Side AA Trade Goods (2003 - 2004 then 2017 - ongoing) Mixed media

Photos: Bruce Davies