Samson Kambalu


Samson Kambalu, Two Mushroom Clouds, video still, 2012, courtesy of the artist
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Born in 1975, Samson Kambalu is a conceptual artist and memoirist based in London, who held Malawi’s first exhibition of conceptual art in 2000. Exposed to Nietzsche’s writings early in his childhood, his multimedia works in video, drawing, performance and literature show a playfulness and sense of the absurd associated with modernist social critique. His famous work, ‘Holy Ball’ (2000), was a critique of globalization and commercial religion in Malawi. His recent ‘Nyau Cinema’ (Nyau meaning ‘excess’ in Chewa) aims at “escaping the limitations and conventions of everyday life.”

http://samsonkambalu.com/

 

SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

Samson Kambalu: Nyau Cinema, NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Miami USA

Introduction to Nyau Cinema, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2015

The Unbearable Lightness of Nyau Cinema, Gallery U Mloka, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Double Feature, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

2014

Sepia Rain, Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, Südafrika

2012

Tattoo City: The First Three Chapters (with guests), Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK

2008

The Jive Talker, book launch and installation, INIVA, London, UK

2005

Black My Story, Nottingham Castle and Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK

2004

Holyballism, Art Exchange Gallery, Nottingham, UK

2000

Exercise IV, Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Holyball Exercises and Exorcisms, Chancellor College, Zomba, Malawi

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Retrogarde, The Rogan Centre, University of Chicago, USA

Detail is All, Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany

Dakar Biennale, Senegal

Liverpool Biennial, UK

Lost & Found, Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2015

Embodied, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark

50/50, New Church Museum, Cape Town

Transformation Marathon, Serpentine Gallery. London

Schema, Stevenson Cape Town, South Africa

Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures

2014

Chroma, Stevenson Gallery, Kapstadt, Südafrika

Dak’Art 2014, Dakar, Senegal

Nyau!, Espace d’art Contemporain, Porrentruy, Switzerland

The Book Lovers, Artist novels project, Cricoteka, Krakow, Poland

The Book Lovers, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2013

The Book Lovers, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

2009

Tokyo International Art Festival, Tokyo, Japan

2006

The Beautiful Game, Brooklyn Institute of Contemporary Arts, New York, USA

2004

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2004, The Barbican, London, UK.

 

CURATORIAL WORK

2015

Nyau Cinema for The One Minutes, Amsterdam

2012

Tattoo City: The First Three Chapters, mit Clarissa Corfe von der Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. Gastkünstler waren u.a. Joseph Beuys, Lee Appelby, Jochem Hendricks, Sigrid Holmwood, Kevin Hunt, Rei Kakiuchi, San Keller und Nicolas Pople.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2014

Great African Minds: Dr Charles Chanthunya by Samson Kambalu, Peter Hammer Verlag

2013

The Museum and the Individual, essay on Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art, commissioned by Tate Modern, London

2012

Uccello’s Vineyard (novel), Appleluck, London

2008

The Jive Talker (autobiographical novel), Jonathan Cape, London; Simon and Schuster, New York; Unionsverlag, Zurich

 

AWARDS| RESIDENCIES

2016

Artist residency, Headlands Centre for the Arts, San Francisco, USA

2015

Research Fellowship, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, USA

2014

Research Fellowship, Yale Centre for British Art, USA

2013

Adler Entrepreneurship Award, Germany

PhD Research Award, Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK

2010

Artlink, Performative reading book tour grant, Switzerland

Schloss Elmau Writer-in-Residence, Bavaria, Germany

Honoured Guest at Rauris Literature Festival, Austria

Winner of National Book Tokens Global Reads (UK) for Jive Talker

Arts Council England Writing Grant (UK) for Tattoo City

Society of Authors Writing Grant (UK) for Tattoo City

2006

Nominee for the Fritschy Culture Award, The Netherlands

2005–2010

The Fire Station Residency, ACME Studios, London

2004

Arts Council England/deciBel Visual Arts Award

The Arts Council Exhibition Grant (Holyballism, The Art Exchange Gallery, Nottingham)

Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Selectors: Kate Bush, Dinos Chapman, Tacita Dean, Brian Griffiths; London.

2000

The Thami Mnyele Artist Residency, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

 

 

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