Isaac Kariuki is a visual artist and writer whose work centres on surveillance, borders, internet culture and the black market, in relation to the Global South. His work has taken the form of image, video, lectures, writing and performance. He holds an MA from Central Saint Martins with a concentration in digital art.

He is the founder of Diaspora Drama a biannual publication exploring creative people of colour with overarching themes of the internet and technology.

He has exhibited at the Tate Modern, Kadist (Paris) and the Kampala Art Biennale among others as well as holding lectures at the Tate Britain and the Chelsea College of Arts.

His writing has appeared in publications including Dazed Magazine, New York Magazine and the IN Magazine.

Education
2017 – Central Saint Martins, MA 
2015 – University of Kent, BA Digital Arts

Solo Exhibitions
2018 – Coding : Braiding : Transmission, AfroTech Festival, London, UK
2015 – Skype Fashion Week, Meta Gallery Miami, USA

Group Exhibitions
2020 – Power Play, arebyte Gallery, London, UK
2019 – Africas in Production, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2018 – Anni Albers, Tate Modern, London, UK
2018 – Muscular Notions, Cob Gallery, London, UK
2018 – This is Utopia, to Some, Kadist Gallery, Paris, France
2017 – Transmissions, Protein Studios, London
2017 – Potentially "Flawless," House of Vans, Toronto, Canada
2017 – F/G Inclusive, Cosmos Carl, New York, USA
2016 – Gestures, Kampala Biennale, Makerere University Gallery, Uganda
2016 – Mighty Morphers, Gentle Dust, Jupiter Woods Gallery, London, UK
2016 – African Melodrama, Submerging, Cooper Gallery Manhattan, USA
2016 – Weaponise the Internet, Futures Exhibition, TATE Modern, UK
2016 – Boys Clothes, Tensquared Gallery Online Gallery, tensquared.gallery
2016 – Boys Clothes, Superchief Gallery, New York, USA
2015 – Skype Fashion Week, The Lowennial, The Low Museum, Atlanta, USA
2015 – Ctrl+Alt+Delete, Meta Gallery Miami, USA

Lectures / Talks / Panels
2019 – Re-Coding African Fashion and Hairstyles, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin
2019 – Queering Digital Art Panel, Somerset House, London
2017 – CBT Talk, TATE Britain, London
2017 – New Formations Talk, TATE Modern, London
2017 – KENZO Folio Talk, TATE Modern, London
2017 – BOZAR Afropolotian Talk, Brussels
2016 – Uganda National Museum: Kampala Biennale Artist Symposium, Kampala
2016 – Alliance Française Uganda: Kampala Biennale Artist Talk, Kampala
2016 – #BlackMenDream: Black Masculinity Panel, Buster Mantis London
2016 – Future Assembly Talk, Chelsea College of Art, London
2016 – Why DIY? Zine Makers Talk, Buster Mantis, London
2016 – Intersect Publishing Talk, UAL: London College of Communication, London
2015 – Frieze Week London: Digital Futures Artist Talk, London
2015 – Atlanta Zine Fair: DIY and Diaspora Talk, Atlanta

Selected Press
Creative Review – Interview: “How Censorship Can Impact Creative Work”
The Fader – Interview: “5 Artists Explain How Digital Art Can Make The Real World Better”
Vice - Interview: "Visual Artist Isaac Kariuki on Identity"
Dazed - Interview: "how a new wave of poc artists is challenging britishness"
BuzzFeed – Interview: "This Super Viral Photo Of A Muslim Woman Ended Up In A Book About Banned Nipples On Instagram"
Contemporary & - Interview: "It's a Complicated Relationship"
Walker Art Magazine – Interview: “Towards a New Digital Landscape” Art Africa Magazine – Interview: “Artist In Residence”

Residencies
2020 – Somerset House Exchange
2016 – Kampala Art Biennale