Samiir Saunders is a visual artist, writer and filmmaker from the UK. He uses various media to illustrate themes of language, context, identity and fragmentation. Samiir’s drawings are often identifiable by his distinctive recurring contour line motif.
Samiir is a recent graduate of Falmouth University’s BA Drawing course. Upon returning to his home town of Birmingham, he participated in Gallery 37, an artist development programme facilitated by Punch Records and Rural Media. Collaborating with a team of young Brummie artists, he wrote and directed ‘The Fine Comb’, a short film adaptation of the poem ‘Do Not Touch My Hair’ by Esther Ogunfeitimi. The film emotively tackles themes of memory, cultural identity and Britain’s colonial legacy, through the lens of one woman’s relationship with her Afro hair.
Most recently, Samiir presented the first solo exhibition of his drawings and poetry, ‘space/meaning’, at Artefact Gallery in Birmingham.