Idris Khan, ‘A wish for Moon, Stars and Planets’, 2017, Make-A-Wish Foundation

Courtesy of Idris Khan and Victoria Miro

Matthew is three years old and fascinated with space! He is fighting Ewing Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, which causes him to have a severe limp and has meant many painful hospital visits.
Matthew is so spellbound by space that he knows the names of each planet, as well as the stars and it is his dream to go to the moon one day! So, it came as no surprise that Matthew’s wish was to be an astronaut for the day.
On the day of his wish, Matthew received his very own spacesuit together with all the necessary accessories an astronaut would need for a space adventure.
First stop was the Astronomical Observatory in Israel where Matthew and his family had a private tour. He then got dressed into his own spacesuit and a local pilot took him on a special flight over his home town in a twin-engine plane.
On landing, Matthew and his family were honorary guests at the Ritz Carlton where they received a red carpet greeting.
The whole experience gave Matthew and his family something positive to focus on and Matthew’s Mum said, “The wish took our son out of his daily, very painful hospital visits and gave him something not only to look forward to, but something to continue to look back on and think about in the difficult days to come.”

This event is being run through Make-A-Wish Promotions Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK to which it gifts any profit. The Art of Wishes is a joint event and the profits will be split equally between Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK (295672/SC 037479) and Make-A-Wish Foundation® Israel (580258820).

Image rights: © Idris Khan, courtesy of Victoria Miro

About Idris Khan

Idris Khan's work plays with authorship and repetition. His texturally rich composite prints are built from a series of images, both appropriated and original—such as Beethoven's complete sheet music, Bernd and Hilla Becher photographs, or William Turner postcards from Tate Britain—that are digitally layered and altered. Khan's films and sculptures are also concerned with originality and artistic relationships, as in the sculpture Listening to Glenn Gould's Version of the Goldberg Variations while thinking about Carl Andre (2010), a replica of Andre’s 1968 Fall, in which the steel plates are sand-blasted with Bach’s notation. Often linking religion, music, and poetry, Khan explores lyricism and spirituality using a Minimalist aesthetic.

British, b. 1978, Birmingham, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom