Layan Harman (b. 1997) grew up in rural Devon, South-West England, and is currently based in London.
He completed a Ba in Fine Art at London Metropolitan University with first class honours in 2020.
His recent residencies include a collaborative residency alongside Skye Turner at the Center for Recent Drawing, Islington, in February 2023, and a residency at Mawffa Mawddach, Wales, in December 2022. He was a member of the 2021-22 cohort of the Into the Wild artist's development programme. He runs Fleshy Wisdoms, a performance night at the Steamship Project Space in East London.
Layan works between London and Devon. His practice spans across sculpture, installation, costume, performance, film, and sound. He uses traditional techniques like forging, carving, weaving, and sewing to explore ecology as interlinked with human activity and culture. Using these materials and techniques, he creates objects, costumes, sculptures, or environments that evoke an ancient, ambiguously ritualistic character.