Liljevalchs Vårsalong 2014 chose two paintings of Samir Soudah – highlighted in the publications Svenska Dagbladet, Metro and GRIP. Mårten Castenfors, head of Liljevalchs, presented Samir Soudah´s works as a prime example of what Liljevalchs Vårsalong really stands for in an interview for Swedish television, SVT.
At Samir Soudah’s most recent exhibition twelve of the eighteen paintings shown were sold during the Vernissage and a piece hanging at Brillo had to be removed for safekeeping after an attempted stealth – a larger version of a piece he anonymously posted to Mårten Castenfors, who had it framed and hung on his office wall.
Samir Soudah´s path into the creative arena went by way of running a finger over the telephone directory’s yellow pages, the one with cover art by Dan Wolgers, stopping when arriving at “photographer”. Samir Soudah learned the art of photography by working as an apprentice to contemporary photographer Lars Tunbjörk, of which Samir has a signed image. He has also worked as an assistant to Åke E:son Lindman, one of Europe’s foremost architectural photographers, and photographer Jonas Karlsson, who currently works with Vanity Fair in New York.
As a counterweight to his photography assignments, Samir Soudah decided four years ago to move into painting, rather than fine art photography, simply because paintings are not possible to reproduce. In contrast to his corporate photo work, Samir’s paintings depict chaos.
Recently Samir Soudah created an acclaimed installation on the highest point of Lidingö bridge, consisting of a chair, a table and a lamp – all safely tied together. Climbing with everything wrapped in one neat package, he documented each step along the way. Quite a contrast to family life after a full days work and helping out with the children’s homework and soccer practice.
Upon seeing one of Samir Soudah’s photos of the flag he had placed on the pinnacle of the bridge bearing his pseudonym “k-a-p-o-t-h”, I became curious about his background. His father fled from Palestine. While working with a Swedish industrial company he met Samir Soudah´s mother in the Orient when she was working with the Swedish Foreign Ministry. The family later lived in Spain and Mexico, finally settling down in Samir Soudah´s mother’s homeland.
Once in the Swedish school system, Samir Soudah´s speculations revolved around how to successfully blend in, already speaking three different languages and constantly pointing at the map to where he had been, in a class where only one had traveled abroad.
While the rest of the family enjoys a holiday on the beach, Samir Soudah prefers to spend his time taking photographs or painting, sometimes even on old doors or found sheets of steel. He once even wrote an article for the magazine “Land Rover” during one of his road trips in his infamous jeep – the same jeep that his neighbors often witness him tinkering away with. In his “man cave” on Roslagsgatan, in stark contrast to the family home in one of the better areas of Lidingö, he will gladly spend his evenings painting with a glass or two of red wine by his side.
On Wednesday, November 25 at 5-8 pm, we are continuing our tradition of “Christmas Each Day” with an After Work Art Talk in Samir Soudah’s studio on Roslagsgatan. We strongly recommend that you do not miss the opening!
RSVP at the latest by November 24 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Galleri Duerr will also show some of Kapoths smaller works in cooperation with the Affordable Art Fair at HTH on Kungsgatan 57, December 11 at 10 am – 7 pm and Saturday December 12 at 11 am – 6 pm in the aim of making art for this year’s Christmas gift.