Gor Soudan - Kenya

Gor Soudan's practice shifts fluidly from the conceptual and the philosophical to the physical and sensual. In it mind and body are dynamically engaged in an exploration, through material labour, of the social and material interactions observed in the world around him. His works simultaneously reference both the body and the landscape, and cause us to reflect on how histories of human agency are written on both.

‘IMPRINTS’ this current body of work engages with surfaces that surround us, architectural and natural, through a process of rubbing with charcoal and graphite. The revealed patterns are then mapped out by marking in ink to reveal implicit forms. The artist explores the materiality and the history and practice of contemporary design language in Kenyan culture, craft, and architecture.

Gor Soudan was born in 1983 in Kisumu. He has a BA in Philosophy and Sociology from Egerton University in Kenya. His work is subtly engaged with contemporary political and social issues.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
  • 2015 – Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya (Join the Dots)
  • 2015 – Ethiopics, Institut Français, Bamako, Mali
  • 2014 – Red Hill Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya (Two Worlds Apart - From Sierra Leone to Japan)
  • 2014 – Pop-up Gallery, Freetown, Sierra Leone (Always searching for something – Drawing in Space)
  • 2013 – Nairobi Museum, Nairobi, Kenya (Resurrection: The Fire Next Time)
  • 2013 – The Talisman, Nairobi, Kenya (Eatings)
  • 2012 – Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya (Angry Birds)
  • 2010 – Alliance Française, Nairobi, Kenya (Tomorrow’s Headline)
Selected Group Exhibitions
  • 2014 – Yamamoto Gendai, Tokyo, Japan (Albert Samreth & Gor Soudan)
  • 2013 – Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya (The Poetic Line)
  • 2013 – Kenya Cultural Centre, Nairobi, Kenya (At a Glance)
  • 2013 – Belgium Ambassador’s Residence, Nairobi, Kenya (Cover/Recover)
  • 2012 – Braeburn Theatre, Nairobi, Kenya (Cut Off My Tongue)
  • 2012 – Alliance Française, Nairobi, Kenya (Another World Is Possible)
  • 2012 – NGBK, Berlin, Germany (Urban Cultures of Global Prayers)
  • 2012 – Camera, Graz, Austria
From this Exhibition
Publications & Press

“GALLERIES: Pleasures of finding a more brutal truth”

Frank Whalley - East African

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