Gor Soudan, b. 1983
Gor Soudan is a conceptual artist living and working in Kisumu and Nairobi. Often subtly engaged with contemporary political and social issues and embedded in urban culture, Gor’s artistic practice is an organic process through which everyday material is transformed into powerful work. He has worked with pages of the Kenyan constitution, carton, plastic, shopping bags and ‘protest wire’ – a tangled black mass of wire he salvaged from car tyres burnt during civil unrests in Nairobi brought about by political tension.
His practice and the works he produces provide acute, often satirical observations and comment on the rapid socio-political transformation Africa, and Kenya in particular, is undergoing. His latest project, Bubbles & Shells applies linear installation using protest wire, natural materials and drawings to explore an ontological history of enclosed spaces, utopian and practical pods and domes, real and fantastical atmospheres or ecosystems observed during his travels to Japan and West Africa.