Camden Close-Up: Tash Kahn
Love Camden loves its local talent. We aim to celebrate everything cultural in the borough, from Hampstead to Kilburn, from the British Library to that little café around the corner - we are always out to show what Camden has to offer. As part of this we launched our Camden Close-Up series: interviews with artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs and downright interesting figures that live, work or are inspired by the borough.
This month we spoke with Tash Kahn, who recently exhibited in 'Citizen' at Swiss Cottage Gallery, and artist, editor and director of @DOLPHprojects. She predominantly works site-specifically using a location's immediate surrounding area and local history as starting points. She is interested in how people relate to art, the conversations it generates and how it makes them feel.
- What would you would do if you weren’t doing this? What would your parallel life look like?
I would be an archaeologist, preferably Indiana Jones
- What do you think is most important: luck, chance, opportunity or hard-graft?
- What has been your most career defining moment to date and why?
My recent show in New York with John Ros and Karl England. It stripped back my practice and has taken it in another direction as a result
- What are you most proud of and what are you least proud of……and why?
How far I’ve come in such a short space of time. Still not managing to see Radiohead live.
- Tell us a secret
I have no secrets. Ask me anything and I’ll probably tell you.
Tash Kahn studied Fine Art at the University of East London. She predominantly works site-specifically, using a location's immediate surrounding area and local history as starting points. She is interested in how people relate to art, the conversations it generates and how it makes them feel.
Kahn has exhibited both nationally and internationally, with a recent collaboration at Stand4 Gallery in New York with John Ros and Karl England. The site-specific exhibition took place in Brooklyn and London, and continues to be an ongoing virtual project. Group exhibitions include: Citizen (2018) Swiss Cottage Gallery, London; The Mechanical Reproduction of Dust (2018) Stand4 Gallery, New York; Asymmetrical Intersections (2016) SHIM, New York; DOLPH: The Directors (2015), DOLPH, London; Bread and Jam III (2015) 54 Whitbread Road, London; Skim (2015) ASC Gallery, London; Circus TM, Belmacz, London.
In 2014, Kahn co-founded the visual-arts project DOLPH, and has helped facilitate 22 exhibitions, making partnerships with two Lambeth primary schools, UAL Wimbledon, The Royal College of Art, as well as numerous artists in the UK, New York and Berlin. DOLPH provides an alternative way for the community to engage with contemporary art, as well as being an invaluable learning and networking resource for artists. She is also a freelance editor for Penguin and Sluice Magazine.