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Nov 28
17:15 - 18:45
Visiting Artist Talk: Samson Kambalu
Artist Talks

The School of Music and Fine Art offers an exciting programme of talks from visiting artists, writers, filmmakers, curators and performers, with national and international profiles.  Previous speakers have included Lindsay Seers, Jeremy Deller, Oreet Ashery, Sonia Boyce, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt and John Russell.

Dr Samson Kambalu is an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Ruskin and a fellow at Magdalen College.  Working in a variety of media, including site-specific installation, video, performance and literature, Kambalu's work is autobiographical and approaches art as an arena for critical thought and 'sovereign activities'. Born in Malawi Kambalu's practice and research 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 developed a praxis around Cinema which includes site specific installations, lectures and interventions on social networking sites. His PhD at Chelsea (UAL) looked at how the problematic of the gift and non-linear time animates various aspects of his work and its contexts.Kambalu's writing has included "The Museum and the Individual', for the Tate, looking at aspects of the gift economy in Meschac Gaba's Museum of Contemporary African Art. His first book, an autobiographical novel of his childhood upbringing in Africa, The Jive Talker, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2008. Kambalu 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). 

Kambalu has won research fellowships with Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution, and was included in All the World's Futures, Venice Biennale 2015, curated by Okwui Enwezor. 

His most recent solo exhibition is at the newly inaugurated Zeitz Mocaa, Cape Town (2017).

The talk is FREE to attend. Book via Eventbrite.

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