Sam Hopkins

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Sam Hopkins is an artist whose work responds to the specific social and political context within which he is living, exploring and re-imagining elements of daily life. As his practice is triggered by a context, it exhibits a broad spectrum of both media and content. Much of his work orbits around issues of public space and the negotiation of participatory practice. Critical to this engagement is a keen attentiveness to the ways in which media produce realities, as opposed to simply transmitting them.
Sam grew up between Kenya and England and studied Art in England, Cuba and Germany, returning to Nairobi in 2006. He has participated in a broad spectrum of local and international exhibitions, is currently a PhD research candidate at the University of the Arts London (UAL) and works as a Kulturstiftung des Bundes Fellow at the Iwalewahaus Bayreuth. He was recently named one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 by Foreign Policy (FP) Magazine.

Exhibitions and Festivals (Selection)

2014: Once Upon A Time, Makerere Art Gallery (UG)
          Dakar Biennale, Dakar (SEN)
2013: Mashup the Archive (curatorial), Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth (GER)
          Africa, Uebersee Museum, Bremen (GER)
          Once Upon A Time, Goethe Institut Johannesburg (SA)
2012: Nairobi; A State of Mind, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (A)
          Truth is Concrete; Steirischer Herbst, Graz (A)
          Dead Insects in my Parents Pool, Roots Contemporary, Brussels (BEL)
2011: Conversations in Silence, Goethe Institut Nairobi (KEN)
          Ueberlebenskunst, HKW, Berlin (GER)
          ‚Not in the Title‘ (Solo Show), Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth (GER)
          The Urban Culture of Global Prayers, NGBK, Berlin (GER)
2010: Afropolis,Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne (GER)
          Mwangalio Tofauti, Nairobi Museum (KEN)
          Qui Vive II Moscow International Biennale (RUS)
          Sketches (Solo Show), Goethe Institut Nairobi (KEN)
          Afropolis (Nairobi) Goethe Institut Nairobi (KEN)
          Stereotypes, Mombasa Law Courts (KEN)