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Kimathi Donkor

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • Born1965


Kimathi Donkor was born in Bournemouth, England in 1965 and lives and works in London.

Donkor is interested in the representation of memory, identity and agency. Some of his works revisit relatively recent events, such as the 2005 shooting of the Brazilian migrant worker, Jean Charles de Menezes, or London’s urban unrest of 1985 – both of which occurred in his London neighbourhood.

Other projects resurrect more distant times and places such as the English Tudor sailor Sir John Hawkins, or Angola’s 17th-century queen Njinga.These figures resonate with his upbringing in the English West Country and southern Africa.

In seeking new forms and perspectives, his studio process navigates intimate networks of family, community and work.

In 2011, he was awarded the Derek Hill scholarship for the British School at Rome, and in 2009 he received an Arts & Humanities Research Council full masters award.

He has an MA degree in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Arts (2010); PGCE in Art & Design, Goldsmiths College (1992); BA Hons. Degree, Fine Art, Goldsmiths College (1987); and a Foundation Diploma in Fine Art from Bournemouth Art College (1984).

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