Samson Kambalu


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Samson Kambalu awarded professorship at Oxford University

Kambalu has been appointed associate professor of fine art at Ruskin School of Art and elected fellow at the Magdalen College, both at Oxford University. The Malawi-born artist, who currently lives and works in London, will take up his position in October.

Kambalu joined Goodman Gallery earlier this year. His practice involves site-specific installation, video, performance and literature. Autobiographical in nature, his work approaches art as an arena for critical thought and sovereign activities. He regards his work as a form of playful dissent that fuses 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.

The artist studied at the University of Malawi (BA Fine Art and Ethnomusicology, 1995-99), Nottingham Trent University (MA Fine Art, 2002-03) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (PhD, 2011-15). Kambalu has shown his work around the world, including Dakar Biennale (2014, 2016), Tokyo International Art Festival (2009) and the Liverpool Biennial (2004, 2016). He has won research fellowships with Yale University and Smithsonian Institution and was included in All the World’s Futures, Venice Biennale 2015. His Nyau Cinema: American Psychogeographicals was named one of the top 10 artworks at Art Basel 2017, by Artnet News.

Samson Kambalu and Tracey Rose in Sydney

Kambalu and Rose are included in The Public Body .02 (28 July – 2 October) at Art Space in Sydney, Australia. It is the second in a three-part series of exhibitions over three years exploring various facets of the notion of the public body. This edition highlights a range of practices embedded in feminist, queer and anti-racist subjectivities, and concerned with revisioning certain biased histories of representation. It brings together the work of over 40 artists and collectives from the 1970s to the present, integrating the archival and the contemporary to draw connections between works across decades.

Various artists at Parc de la Villette

Four Goodman Gallery artists – Samson Kambalu, William Kentridge, Kiluanji Kia Henda and Tracey Rose – feature on the Parc de la Villette’s group show, Afriques Capitales: Le Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris 2017 (29 March – 3 September). Focusing on various capital cities around Africa, the multimedia exhibition presents viewers with the opportunity to experience the ambiance of an African metropolis.

  • Solo exhibitions

    Samson Kambalu / Ghost Dance / 2017

    Group exhibitions

    Summer Show / 2016

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    Teaching, Lectureships and Workshop

    Conference and Workshop Participation

    Awards and Merits

    Selected Articles and Reviews


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