Gor Soudan Kenyan, b. 1983

  • Lives and works in Nairobi
    Gor Soudan’s practice incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and ceremony to reflect on social and environmental interrelationships. Working in series,... Gor Soudan’s practice incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and ceremony to reflect on social and environmental interrelationships. Working in series,...

    Gor Soudan’s practice incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and ceremony to reflect on social and environmental interrelationships. Working in series, Soudan considers how these relations transform both physical landscapes and imaginative inner-scapes. In his early career, Soudan created installation sculptures in response to the 2007 civil conflicts in Kenya. Human torsos woven from the charred wire from street protests reflected on the socio-political dynamics of human agency. Over time, his practice has evolved with a continued psycho-spatial exploration of markmaking, inhabitation and cohabitation. 

     

    Since 2019 Soudan has been based in rural western Kenya where his research has centred around the forms and materiality of handmade agricultural interventions into the landscape. Working with a collective of basket weavers and studying traditional weaving forms have informed a series of ink drawings, in which Soudan entwines patterns found in natural, virtual and architectural environments.

     

    Soudan studied Sociology and Philosophy at Egerton University, Kenya. Selected solo and group exhibitions include: Dust Sheet Embroided Snow, Project Gallery, Arundel, UK, 2019; Kikulacho: Remains, waste and metonymy III, British Institute of East Africa, Nairobi, 2018; Tokyo A La Carte, Tomio Kayama Gallery, Tokyo, 2018; Imprints, Redhill Gallery, Limuru, 2016; Join the Dots, Circle Art Gallery, 2015. In 2014 he participated in the Backers Residency, AIT in Tokyo Japan, and in 2017 the ICAF residency in Lagos, Nigeria. Soudan’s work has featured in international art fairs including 1-54 Contemporary Art Fair in London, 2022 and Cape Town Art Fair, 2018, both with Circle Art Gallery.

  • Works
    • Gor Soudan, Where Do Flowers Come From? II, 2022
      Where Do Flowers Come From? II, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Shamba Studies I, 2022
      Shamba Studies I, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Submerged I, 2022
      Submerged I, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Nursery II, 2022
      Nursery II, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Flower Pot II, 2022
      Flower Pot II, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Flower Pot I, 2022
      Flower Pot I, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Nursery III, 2022
      Nursery III, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Folliage I, 2022
      Folliage I, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Event Horizon, 2022
      Event Horizon, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Observatory l, 2022
      Observatory l, 2022$ 4,500.00
    • Gor Soudan, Observatory; Epiphany In The Grass I, 2022
      Observatory; Epiphany In The Grass I, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Observatory; Epiphany In The Grass IV, 2022
      Observatory; Epiphany In The Grass IV, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Observatory; Epiphany In The Grass V, 2022
      Observatory; Epiphany In The Grass V, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Prickly Pear , 2022
      Prickly Pear , 2022$ 6,500.00
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled II, 2022
      Untitled II, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Glorious Harvest II, 2022
      Glorious Harvest II, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Observatory; Circle of Life, 2022
      Observatory; Circle of Life, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Observatory; Circle of Life II, 2022
      Observatory; Circle of Life II, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Glorious Harvest I, 2022
      Glorious Harvest I, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XIII, 2020
      Untitled XIII, 2020
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XII, 2020
      Untitled XII, 2020
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XV, 2020
      Untitled XV, 2020
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled (Vista Studies), 2019
      Untitled (Vista Studies), 2019
    • Gor Soudan, Silver Bullet , 2019
      Silver Bullet , 2019
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XXVII, 2019
      Untitled XXVII, 2019
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled L, 2019
      Untitled L, 2019
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XLVI, 2019
      Untitled XLVI, 2019
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled LIV, 2019
      Untitled LIV, 2019
    • Gor Soudan, Jaws, 2018
      Jaws, 2018
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled LII, 2018
      Untitled LII, 2018
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XLIX, 2018
      Untitled XLIX, 2018
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XLV, 2018
      Untitled XLV, 2018
    • Gor Soudan, Outer Things, 2017
      Outer Things, 2017
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled (Through the window), 2015
      Untitled (Through the window), 2015
    • Gor Soudan, Garden II, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Shamba Studies II, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Nursery I, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Garden I, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Observatory; Epiphany In The Grass VII, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled VI, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled IV, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled V, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled I, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled III, 2022
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XXIII, 2020
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XI, 2020
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled VIII, 2020
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XIII, 2020
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XX, 2020
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XVI, 2020
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled LIII, 2020
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled LVI, 2020
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XLIII, 2019
    • Gor Soudan, Untitled XLVIII, 2019
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