Samson Kambalu


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Samson Kambalu and Kiluanji Kia Henda on group exhibition at MAXXI Museum

African Metropolis is a major exhibition at MAXXI Museum that reflects on the ongoing social and cultural transformations impacting art on the African continent (22 June – 4 November). Curated by Simon Njami and Elana Motisi, the exhibition features 34 celebrated and emerging African artists, including Samson Kambalu and Kiluanji Kia Henda. As its title suggests, African Metropolis brings together work focused on urban space as a location for diverse experiences that create dialogue between tradition and contemporaneity.

Samson Kambalu on group exhibition in Denmark

Samson Kambalu is included on a group show – titled Shadow Forms – hosted by Andersen’s Contemporary, an art project space in Copenhagen (27 April – 16 June). Curated by Irish sculptor Kevin Francis Gray, the exhibition brings together works from 13 internationally-acclaimed artists looking at the human figure in contemporary art practice. Stretching between their different practices, origins and perspectives, each of the artists thoughtfully present a selection of works which contribute to an interactive and diversified conversation on the relevance of the figure.

Kambalu, Shonibare and Thomas exhibit at the Taub Museum of Art in Virginia

Works by Samson Kambalu, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Hank Willis Thomas are included on a major group exhibition, titled Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, at the Taubman Museum of Art (3 March – 2 September). Featuring over 100 artworks created from various media, the exhibition seeks to investigates the universal conversation surrounding migration, history, race and representation in art being made today. The artworks illustrate how artists use their art to reference their own home countries whilst developing narratives that embrace global histories.

Solo exhibition for Samson Kambalu in New York City

The James Gallery of the City University of New York host a solo show for Samson Kambalu, titled Graphomania (5 December – 13 January). For his first exhibition in New York, Kambalu has devised a meditative and spirited installation of nine films concerned with traditional artistic drawing. Their form and imagery are haunted by social taboos that have persisted through history and have gathered to take shape again today. These new films in his oeuvre of Nyau Cinema prompt hand-made responses to the current obsession with expressions of “fast talking” through digital means. Concurrent to the exhibition, the artist joins jazz musician, Nolan Tsang, to host an evening of cinematic and jazz improvisation (12 December).

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    Samson Kambalu / Ghost Dance / 2017

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    Narrative Means / 2018

    the silences between / 2017

    Summer Show / 2016

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