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Zena Khan

MA work

MA work

Open House

Open House reflects on the significance of artists’ residencies at Delfina Foundation over the last 10 years. The format expands on the traditional iteration of  ‘Open House’, where the public are invited to wander through the interior of architecturally significant buildings. As such, over a single weekend visitors are invited to explore Delfina Foundation’s domestic spaces, and access past residents’ memories in a unique collision of past and present.

Drawing on their respective residency memories at Delfina Foundation, artists now based both in the UK and internationally, have produced a series of new site specific artworks. The Open House project invites audiences to reflect on and engage with the period of research, domesticity and conviviality which typifies artists residencies, but remains largely a largely private experience. Through commissioned artworks and a parallel programme of events,this temporary reassembly of a collection of memories encompasses the digital, performative, gastronomical and sculptural. Open House aims to foster new lines of creative enquiry into the role of residency programmes in the UK, as well as the intersections between public and private in contemporary art today.



  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2017

  • Zena Khan is an independent contemporary art curator and critic. Prior to embarking on the Curating Contemporary Art MA, Zena's practice was focused on publishing research on contemporary Malaysian art, and working closely with artists and collections to curate exhibitions entered around her research. As a freelance arts writer, Zena has written for several publications including Harper's Bazaar and Buro 24/7 Malaysia. Areas of special interest include Malaysian contemporary art, South East Asian Contemporary art, contemporary art foundations and contemporary art collections.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2007
  • Experience

  • Art and Culture columnist, Buro 24/7, Kuala Lumpur, 2015–2017; Freelance Art and Culture columnist, Harper's Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, 2015–2017
  • Exhibitions

  • Open House, Delfina Foundation, London, 2017; Life Between The Dots, Core Design Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2016; Debunking The Myth, Core Design Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2016; Tanah Tumpahnya Darah, Artcube Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2016; Siri Rasa Bertuhan, Museum of Contemporary Art Pahang, Pahang, 2014
  • Conferences

  • Intima'i Ramadan, University of Malaya, August 2015