Two Worlds Apart - From Sierra Leone to Japan
Gor Soudan - Kenya
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.
Gor’s artistic practice is an intense process through which material is transformed into reflective artwork. He has more recently worked with “protest wire” – a black mass of wire he salvaged from car tyres burnt during the civil unrest following the 2007 elections – creating three dimensional wire objects, installations and sculptures.
His latest project “Bubbles & Shells” applies installations using protest wire and linear ink and charcoal drawings to explore enclosed spaces, utopian and practical pods and domes, inspired through his recent travels to Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Tokyo, Japan.
“Bubbles No 6” is the last of six sculptures. The first two are in the Backer’s Foundation Collection at the Hara Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Gor is a conceptual artist living and working in Kisumu and Nairobi.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
- 2015 – Ethiopics, Institut Français, Bamako, Mali
- 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)
- 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