Selected Works

Two Mushroom Clouds (synopsis), 2017
Text on variable surface
Variable Dimensions
Preikestolen, 2017
Digital Video, colour
33 Seconds
Revelator, 2017
Digital video (colour and lasered plinth optional)

Beni Flag: Cinema, 2019
Sewn polyester and cotton
Work: 100 x 100 cm
Keyala Soldier I, 2019
Digital print on cardboard cut out in wooden frame
Work: 200 x 200 cm
Boat X, 2018
Digital video, colour
25 Seconds
Beni Flag: Green Base, 2019
Sewn polyester and cotton
Work: 100 x 100 cm
Keyala Soldier VI, 2019
Digital print on cardboard cut out
Work: 200 x 200 cm
Exercise Yard , 2017
Digital video,colour
1:02 minutes
Beni Flag: Sovereign States (this is not what I meant when I said bang bang), 2019
Sewn polyester and cotton
Work: 100 x 100 cm
Keyala Soldier IX, 2019
Digital print on cardboard cut out
Work: 200 x 200 cm
Mississippi Stomp in Blue, 2017
Digital video, colour and Lasered Plinths

Fly Swatter Stereograph, 2017
Digital Photograph

Brunch (synopsis), 2017
Text on variable surface
Variable Dimensions
Red Barn Farm, 2017
Video and photographic installation
Dimensions variable
Retrogarde, 2016
Video and photographic installation
Dimensions variable
The Last Judgement , 2015
Installation, 400 soccer balls, covered with pages from the bible
Variable

Biography

Samson Kambalu is an artist and writer working in a variety of media, including site-specific installation, video, performance and literature. His work is autobiographical and approaches art as an arena for critical thought and sovereign activities. Born in Malawi, Kambalu’s work fuses aspects of the Nyau gift-giving culture of the Chewa, the anti-reification theories of the Situationist movement and the Protestant tradition of inquiry, criticism and dissent. He has been featured in major exhibitions and projects worldwide, including the Dakar Biennale (2014, 2016), Tokyo International Art Festival (2009) and the Liverpool Biennial (2004, 2016). He was included in All the World’s Futures, Venice Biennale 2015, curated by Okwui Enwezor. More recently Kambalu was the Malawi Cultural Consultant for the film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and translated the script into Chichewa. He also was included on the 2019 Dallas Medianale.

Kambalu studied at the University of Malawi (BA Fine Art and Ethnomusicology); Nottingham Trent University (MA Fine Art) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (PhD Fine Art). Kambalu, who began his academic career at the University of Malawi, has won research fellowships with Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution, and is an associate professor of Fine Art at Ruskin School of Art, and a fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford University.