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Sam Hopkins, Ph.D.

Assistant professor networks

Sam Hopkins’ artistic practice is attentive to the ways in which narratives and truths are encoded and produced by different media. His work is rooted in Kenya and engages with specific networks to collectively interrupt authoritative narratives of power. He explores various ways of co-producing artworks as counter narratives that can be read both within and beyond the gallery/museum. He co-initiated the grassroots media collective Slum TV and was a founding member of the public space activists Urban Mirror.

Hopkins has participated in various international exhibitions, including biennales in Lagos, Dakar, Poznan, and Moscow, and has exhibited at a wide range of museums and galleries, including the Dortmunder U, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Goodman Gallery, and Richard Taittinger Gallery. His work is held in the collections of the Smithsonian, Abteiberg Museum, the Iwalewahaus. In 2014 he was named one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine. He currently works between Cologne and Nairobi.


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