Footnotes To Life: Sam Samiee

Footnotes to Life: Sam Samiee

Artist book with contributions from

Gohar Homayounpour, Sumayya Kassamali,

and Benno Tempel

Timely perspectives on ethics and aesthetics are developed in the last section of the book with contributing authors interwoven with extensive endnotes by the artist. The book includes a short essay by Dr. Gohar Homayounpour, internationally renowned author and founder of the Freudian Group of Tehran, and a conversation between Dr. Sumayya Kassamali, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto with the artist, engages the reader in an adventurous recalling of expansive encounters between poetry, ideology, psychoanalysis, feminism, Islam, and Persianate concepts in global contexts. 

Mondriaan Fonds

Combining informative contributions on art, philosophy, and psychoanalysis with stunning visuals and design, Footnotes To Life (December 2020) is Sam Samiee's latest publication.

The book is in three parts, introduced by Benno Tempel, Director of the Kunstmuseum Den Haag and curator of the last Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennale, an exhibition section of a decade of exhibitions by the artist, followed by the last chapter of the book which elaborates on the research, visual and textual references, as well as a glimpse into the studio practice of Sam Samiee. 

Wolvevcamp Prijs Heartpool foundation Hengelo

Monografie Sam Samiee gereed

maandag 16 november 2020


In 2018 ontving Sam Samiee uit handen van wethouder Bas van Wakeren de Wolvecampprijs. De jury bestond uit Edwin Jacobs (voorzitter), Anne Wenzel, Ralf Keuning, Krist Gruijthuijsen en Özkan Cölpinar. Als onderdeel van de Wolvecampprijs ontvangt de kunstenaar naast een geldbedrag ook een bijdrage van € 10.000,- om een boek te realiseren. Het heeft even geduurd maar het boek getiteld ‘ Footnotes to Life’ is gereed. Deelnemers van Stichting HeArtpool ontvangen het gratis. Voor geïnteresseerden verwijzen we naar de website waar het boek is te bestellen

This Publication was made possible through the support of the HeArtpool Foundation, The Wolvecamp Prize, Hengelo, the Netherlands, with additional funding by Mondriaan Fonds and Studio Sam Samiee. All images on the website are by Aram Tahmasebi. 

Footnotes To Life comprises a visual overview of Samiee's painting oeuvre and international career. The book's publication has been made possible as part of the Wolvecamp Prize 2018, and with support from Mondriaan Fonds. Footnotes to Life is among the Dutch Book Design Award winners of 2020, with an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, in September 2021. Ideal for those interested in Contemporary Art, Psychoanalysis, Ant Pedagogy, Critical Theory, and Media Studies online only. The book can be shipped internationally.

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ISBN 978-90-9033932-9

Printed by Zwaan

Editing by Riaz Howey, Sam Samiee

Graphic Design by Coup!

Lithography by Marc Gijzen


Studio Sam Samiee