Born in 1975 in Malawi, Samson Kambalu received his degree in Fine Arts and Ethnomusicology from the University of Malawi, in 1999. He then pursued his studies in England at Nottingham Trent University and Chelsea College Art and Design, where he received a PhD in 2015.
Artist and author, he works in various mediums painting, drawing, installation, video, performance, and through literature. He uses art as a vehicle for critical thinking and his work reflects his personal experiences. He is particularly inspired by the Nyau society, the people from his native Malawi and their social structures.
His first book, The Jive Talker or How to Get a British Passport, is a critique of an artists’ memory having grown up in Africa, published in both English and German.
His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions across the world, including the Dakar Biennial of 2014, the Tokyo International Art Festival in 2009, the Liverpool Biennial in 2014, and the Venice Biennial, All the World’s Futures, in 2015. Currently, he is in residence at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Invention (1976), 2015,
Video installation, 0’37,