Photo: Santiago Mostyn


Hanni Kamaly’s multidisciplinary, research-driven practice examines material culture, historiography, collective memory, colonial power structures and the bounds of subjectivity. The artist engages with questions of memory and commemoration, embodied narratives, attention and agency. Explorations of structural power relations and the abuse of bodies also illuminate far-reaching poetic connections that transcend linguistic and cultural barriers. Kamaly’s work attempts to inject both vulnerability and criticality into today’s highly polarised discussions of race and colonial history.

Solo exhibitions of Kamaly’s work include THIS LAND 4 ALL, Accelerator, Stockholm (2022); THE MIGHT THEY HAVE, Index, Stockholm (2021); PRÈAMBULE, coyote, Stockholm (2021); UNBOUND THE GAG, Ginerva Gambino, Cologne (2019); ITS ALL REAL YEAH COME THROUGH, Skånes Konstförening, Malmö (2017); and Dipping Off Distance, ALMANAC, London (2017). Kamaly’s work has been exhibited in group shows at KINDL, Berlin (2022); Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg (2021); Mint, Stockholm (2021); 34th Bienal de São Paulo (2021); Oslo Kunstforening (2020); Interkulturelt Museum, Oslo (2019); Lunds Konsthall, Sweden (2019); Tegel, Stockholm (2019); Moderna Museet Malmö (2018); and Luleå Biennial, Sweden (2018).

The artist has participated in residencies at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (2020-2021); Rupert, Vilnius (2016); and Inter Arts Center, Malmö (2016).

Kamaly received an MFA from Malmö Academy of Art and has studied at the Bergen Academy of Arts and the International Academy of Art Palestine, Ramallah. Born in 1988 in Hamar, Norway, the artist lives and works in Stockholm.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Biennial 15 (2023)

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