Sam Vernon


Installation views: Sam Vernon, Alter-Reservoir, 2024, Kunsthaus Hamburg 2024, Courtesy Sam Vernon, Photos: Antje Sauer

Sam Vernon

9 March – 12 May 2024
Kunsthaus Hamburg

With her site-specific installations, Sam Vernon creates dynamic visual worlds. She explores questions of representation with regard to the issues of labour, gender and cultural diversity, turning a critical lens on institutional histories. The artist scans, prints and copies her own drawings and mixed media works on paper alongside found materials, which she assembles into large-format wall collages.

In her first solo exhibition in Germany, Sam Vernon explores the impending relocation of the Kunsthaus. She personally has already moved over 30 times and is quite familiar with the challenges involved. In her newly developed photomontages, the artist combines autobiographical experiences with historical material such as exhibition posters, filed artist portfolios, found objects and documents from the storage of the Kunsthaus. She forms meaning and connection to place through the process of speculating over such forgotten ephemera as an attempt to illustrate archival history. Once a market hall for flowers, fruit and vegetables, the building in which the Kunsthaus Hamburg is located today was a place characterised by communal labour. Correspondingly, the new installation Alter-Reservoir focuses on the significance of working practices and the transmission of knowledge and history.

Curated by: Anna Nowak (Kunsthaus Hamburg) and Melanie Roumiguière (DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme)

Sam Vernon earned their MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University in 2015 and their BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2009. Sam has exhibited with many institutions including California African American Museum in Los Angeles; G44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Canada; Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum and Queens Museum. Sam’s latest solo exhibition, Impasse of Desires, was on view at the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, California 2021 and 2022. Sam moved to Berlin, Germany in 2023 for a year-long residency with the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.

Friday, 8 March 2024, 7 pm
Speakers: Anna Nowak (Kunsthaus Hamburg) & Melanie Roumiguière (DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme)
8 pm: DJ set by Nika Son

Guided tours
Friday, 22 March, 6 pm
Thursday, 11 April, 6 pm
Sunday, 12 May, 4 pm

Accompanying programme

Saturday, 9 March, 3 pm
Artist talk with Anna Nowak, Melanie Roumiguière, Jakob Spengemann, Akinori Tao & Sam Vernon

Friday, 22 March, 7 pm
Performance by Raymond Liew Jin Pin & Jascha Viehstädt

Thursday, 11 April, 7 pm
Discussion on the preservation of cultural venues
Among others with Andreas Schmidt (Molotow)

Sunday, 12 May, 4–6 pm

Supported by the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme with funds from the Federal Foreign Office