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Art talk: Samson Kambalu

Welcome to this art talk with the Malawi born and Oxford based artist Samson Kambalu. Kambalu is represented in the SSE permanent collection and will give an art talk on September 30, 12-13, in The Cabinet Room.

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Samson Kambalu works in a variety of media and his work is autobiographical. In 2000 Kambalu made a work called Holy Ball, a football wrapped in pages of the Bible, and invited people to ‘exercise and exorcise’ with it. This was Malawi’s first exhibition of conceptual art. Since then, Kambalu has evolved a philosophy of art based on play and critical thoughts. (DIY video here: Make your own holy ball) 

Samson Kambalu works alot with video, and has been creating flags that explore the iconography and visual patterns of flags from around the world. Music is important in his works: the study of music, and musical instruments, from the perspective of people who make it.

Kambalu is a Professor of Fine Art at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, and represented in the SSE permanent collection with his video Plato´s cave (2019) in The Cabinet room.

He is in Stockholm for the opening of an exhibition on Galerie Nordenhake (September 30 to November 5). Don´t miss it! More info here.

12-13, September 30 in the Cabinet Room, floor 3 in the main building.

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A light lunch will be served.

(Photo by Jeremy Sutton Hibbert)

Plato´s Cave

The Fourth Plinth on on Trafalgar Square

On 5 July 2021, it was announced that Kambalu's artwork Antelope had been selected as the next to occupy the Fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in central London from September 2022 until 2024. The sculpture restages a 1914 photograph of Baptist preacher and pan-Africanist John Chilembwe and European missionary John Chorley. Chilembwe wears a hat in an act of defiance, as this was illegal at the time.

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