Born in Durban in 1977, Sharlene Khan completed both a BA (Fine Arts) and MA (Fine Arts) at the University of Durban-Westville, before moving to Johannesburg to complete a second Masters degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has exhibited in group exhibitions in Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Switzerland, India, France, USA, Sweden and Holland, and has held solo shows in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Since 2002 she has participated in international residency programmes and visual art workshops in Cape Town, Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal, Cairo, France and Italy. Her work for over eleven years has focused on street trade and the large informal economy in South African city centres. Although primarily a painter, Khan’s paintings are often presented with a range of media resulting in installations and performance pieces incorporating fashion, music, video, ink and charcoal drawings in mock fashion presentations.

Sharlene Khan
Sharlene Khan
Durban, 1977
South Africa

Past Exhibitions

Present Passing: South by Southeast

Osage Hong Kong
24/03/2019 — 26/05/2019

Solo Shows


Other Stories. Gallery MOMO. Johannesburg, South Africa.

Other Stories. Right on the Rim Gallery. Arts on Main. Johannesburg, South Africa.
(B)lack and What I look like, What I feel like. Polokwane Art Museum, Limpopo, South Africa.


(B)lack. Association for the Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery. Cape Town, South Africa.
What I look like, What I feel like. Gallery MOMO. Johannesburg, South Africa.

(B)lack. KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA). Durban, South Africa.
Walking the Line. BAT Centre. Durban, South Africa.

Previously Disadvantaged. Gallery MOMO. Johannesburg, South Africa.

Walking The Line. University of Witwatersrand Downstairs Theatre. Johannesburg, South Africa.

Two for One Rand. Goethe Institute. Johannesburg, South Africa.

Durban at Work. Master’s degree work. Kwa-Muhle Museum, Durban, South Africa.

Group Shows


Rememory. William Goodenough College. London, UK.

She Said No – a No-Peformance. Goldsmiths Art Department. London, UK.
Happily Never After. AVA Gallery. Cape Town, South Africa.
Staff/Stuff. Unisa Gallery. Pretoria, South Africa.

It’s all Chinese to Me – How Abstract Can One Be? After the Butcher. Berlin, Germany.
Agter die Berge. The Joburg Fringe Video Berlin. Haus 19. Berlin, Germany.
Figures of Speech. ‘Beyond Languages Project’. Jozi Art Lab. Arts on Main, Johannesburg, South Africa.
25 February – 6 March. Tathum Art Gallery. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Crossing Boundaries: Contemporary Art and Artists from South Africa. The Gallery – Virginia
Commonwealth University in Qatar. Doha, Qatar.

Samsara. Durban Art Gallery. Durban, South Africa.
Nud(g)e. Artspace. Johannesburg, South Africa.
The New Order Beauty. Palette Art Gallery, Delhi, India.

Art from Southern Africa. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit(GTZ) GmbH
Head Office, Eschborn, Germany.
Bring mir ein Gras vom Rand der Bildebene. Atelier Frankfurt, Germany.


Urban Concerns. BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden.
Gunshot Show. Afrika Cultural Centre. Johannesburg, South Africa.
Esikhaleni Spatial Practices. Africa Cultural Centre.Johannesburg, South Africa.
Living Legacy. Kizo Gallery, Durban, South Africa.
Modern Fabrics. Bag Factory Artist’s Studios.
Bring mir ein Gras vom Rand der Bildebene. Dioptic GmbH Weinheim, Germany.

The Hourglass Project: Personal Vocabulary. House Museum and Resource Centre of African
American Art, Atlanta, USA.
Gunshot Show. Biba Gallery, Smithfield.

MTN New Contemporaries. Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Les Arts De La Coexistence? Alliance Francaise, Paris, France.
Les Arts De La Coexistence? Les Arts Deniers, Paris, France.

Feb Group Show International 2005, Bayer ABS Limited Gallery, Gujerat, India.
Take Me To the River. Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.
Les Arts De La Coexistence? Migrationculturelles, Bordeaux, France.
Les Arts De La Coexistence? St. Eugene Crypt, Biarritz, France.
South African Artists on Residency. Mairie Chateau, Pujols, France.

The ID of South African Artists. Fortis CircusTheatre, Scheveningen, Holland.
Community (Re)Production. Gallery Ancienne Couronne, Biel-Bienne, Switzerland.
10 Years, 100 Artists. Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Thupelo International Workshop Exhibition. South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
Women’s Day Exhibition. Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa.
Open Studio. Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Eygpt.
2002: State of Being. Fordsburg Artists Studios, Johanneburg, South Africa.
Freedom – 1001 Miniatures. Spaza Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mail Art. Minds-I Gallery, Pretoria.
Heritage Day Exhibition. Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa.

Unmasked. Crart Rd, Durban, South Africa.
Ethwekeni. Bat Centre, Durban, South Africa.

Malibongwe Ophezulu. African Art Centre, Durban, South Africa.
Heritage Day Exhibition. Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa.

Izikwepha Zethu. Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa.

5th Gopio International Visual Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa.

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Durban Country of birth: South Africa Date of birth: 1977 Lives in: Johannesburg, South Africa
W: Sharlene Khan M: T: +27833376253