For Than Hussein Clark, history isn’t fixed, but something to be reinterpreted and retold. Inspired by theatre, fashion and design, his multi-layered installations and plays are dense with references to film and literature, alongside his own memories, experiences and fantasies. His works often explore queer narratives through the lives of well-known 20th-century figures, in which not only people but objects play a role, acting out tensions between appearance, artifice and reality. Fabrication is central to this, and Clark pays extravagant attention to craftsmanship and visual tactility. In A Little Night Music (And Reversals) (2020), he dramatises the stories of pleasure-seeking Westerners in mid-twentieth-century Tangier. Transposing and transforming everyday objects, Clark invests them with new and unexpected meaning.
Than Hussein Clark (born 1981) lives and works in London and Glasgow. Clark studied at the University of Edinburgh; Goldsmiths, University of London; and HFBK University of Fine Arts, Hamburg, Germany.
There is a sort of philological archaeology in what I do, in using fiction to bring it into reality. I seek empathy with history.
– Than Hussein Clark