political site within which he is living. His art is
more akin to documentary; probing, investigating
and re-imagining stories, characters and
elements of daily life.
Sam (born in 1979 in Rome) was raised in Kenya and England before
studying History and Spanish in Edinburgh and Cuba. He proceeded to postgraduate studies in Contemporary Art in Oxford and Weimar, returning to Nairobi on a permanent basis in 2006.
Rather than work with strategies of reference and allusion, Sam's position is
to try to make autonomous works; art which can be 'read' without necessarily knowing a specific canon of Art.
As his practice is triggered and defined by a context, the work exhibits a
broad spectrum of both media and content. Although wary of grand narratives, much of his work does seem to orbit around issues of public space and the negotiation of participatory practice. Process is a critical component of the work, which is often project-based and long term.
Sam co-founded the media collective Slum TV with Alexander Nikolic in
Nairobi and helped found Urban Mirror, a group of public space activists. In addition, he has participated in, both as artist and curator, a broad spectrum
of local and international exhibitions. His recent work investigates the peculiarities and aesthetics of the 'Development' sector which is of powerful symbolic importance in Kenya.