Selected Works

Samson Kambalu, American Psychogeographicals (Stereographs), 2017, digital photographs, 77 x 28 cm (detail) Incident on a Plantation, Mountain Man, Rocking Chair
Samson Kambalu, Red Barn Farm, 2017, Galerie Nordenhake, Sotckholm
Samson Kambalu, Red Barn Farm, 2017, Galerie Nordenhake, Sotckholm
Samson Kambalu, Nyau Black Maria, NSU Art Museum, Miami, USA
Samson Kambalu, Nyau Black Maria, NSU Art Museum, Miami, USA
Samson Kambalu, Buoy (Canary Wharf, London), 2013, digital video, colour, 45 seconds
Samson Kambalu, Capsules, Mountains & Forts, Kate MacGarry, 2016, installation view
Samson Kambalu, Sanguinetti Theses, 2015
Samson Kambalu, Capsules, Mountains & Forts, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2016
Samson Kambalu, Capsules, Mountains and Forts, Kate MacGarry, 2016 (detail)
Samson Kambalu, Capsules, Mountains and Forts, Kate MacGarry, 2016 (detail)
Samson Kambalu, Capsules, Mountains and Forts, Kate MacGarry, 2016 (detail)
Samson Kambalu, Capsules, Mountains & Forts, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2016
Samson Kambalu, Capsules, Mountains & Forts, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2016
Samson Kambalu, Retrogarde, Logan Center, Chicago, 2016
Samson Kambalu, Birdman II, 2016, digital video, colour, 47 seconds
Samson Kambalu, Retrogarde, Logan Center, Chicago, 2016
Samson Kambalu, Introduction to Nyau Cinema, Whitechapel Gallery, 2016-17
Samson Kambalu, Introduction to Nyau Cinema, Whitechapel Gallery, 2016-17
Samson Kambalu, installation view, Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany, 2016
Samson Kambalu, Bacchus, 2015, digital video, colour, 9 seconds
Samson Kambalu, installation view, Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany, 2016
Samson Kambalu, Sanguinetti Breakout Area, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (installation view)
Samson Kambalu, Sanguinetti Breakout Area, All the World's Futures, Venice Biennale 2015, Italy
Samson Kambalu, Sanguinetti Breakout Area, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (installation view)
Samson Kambalu, Nyau Cinema (Hysteresis), 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (installation view)
Samson Kambalu, The Last Judgement, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (installation view)
Samson Kambalu, The Last Judgement, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (installation view)

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Born 1975 in Malawi, lives and works in London
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Red Barn Farm,Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
2016-17 Nyau Cinema, NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, USA,
2016 Introduction to Nyau Cinema, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
2015 The Unbearable Lightness of Nyau Cinema, Gallery U Mloka, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Double Feature: Nyau Cinema, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2014 Sepia Rain, Stevenson Johannesburg, South Africa
2012 Tattoo City: The First Three Chapters (with guests), Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK
2009 Roseanne, Sai Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2008 The Jive Talker, book launch and installation, INIVA, London, UK
2005 Black My Story, Nottingham Castle and Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2004 Holyball Exercises and Exorcisms, Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK
Holyballism, Art Exchange Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2001 The Gideons’ Room, Winston Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000 Exercise IV, Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Holyball Exercises and Exorcisms, Chancellor College, Zomba, Malawi
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Graphomania, Performance and film screening with Nolan Tsang, City Unversity of New York, New York, USA
Fifteen, Kate MacGarry, London, UK
Africas Capital as part of L’Afrique s’expose à La Villette ! (Africa is exposed in La Villette!), La Villette, Paris, France
Cinema mon amour: Film in the Arts, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Switzerland
2016-17 Retrogarde, Logan Centre for the Arts, University of Chicago, USA
2016 Qalandiya International Biennale, Haifa, Gaza, London, Beirut, Amman, Jerusalem, Ramallah & Bethlehem
Detail is All, Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany
Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal
Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
Lost & Found, Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2015 Embodied Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark
50/50 New Church Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
Transformation Marathon, Serpentine Gallery. London, UK
Schema, Stevenson Cape Town, South Africa
All the World’s Futures, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2014 Chroma, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
Dakar Biennial, Dakar, Senegal
Nyau!, Espace D’art Contemporain, Porrentury, 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
2012 Luke Fowler: Pilgrimage from Scattered Points, HMVCurzon Wimbledon, guest artist showing Early Film, London, UK
2009 Tokyo International Art Festival, Tokyo, Japan
2009-10 Dialogue Among Nations, Art for Humanity, South Africa. (Part of FIFA World Cup 2010)
2008 Art Osaka, Osaka, Japan
The Mausoleum of Lost Objects, INIVA, London, UK
Next We Change Earth, The New Art Exchange Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2006 Hinterland, Nottingham, UK
Ballkünstler (Part of FIFA World Cup 2006) Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Leipzig, Germany. Artists included Kendall Geers, Greg Colson and Wim Delvoye
The Beautiful Game, Brooklyn Institute of Contemporary Arts, USA
2004 Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2004, The Barbican, London, UK
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2004, Liverpool Biennial, UK
One Step Beyond, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, UK
2003 Nottingham Open, Nottingham Castle Museum, Nottingham UK
Guess Who, Stedelijk Museum, Zwolle, The Netherlands
Black My Story, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, The Netherlands. (Artists included Jimmie Durham, Remy Jungeman, Shirana Shahbazi and Chikako Watanabe.)
CURATING
2015 Nyau Cinema for The One Minutes, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 Tattoo City: The First Three Chapters, with Clarissa Corfe of Castlefield Gallery. Guest artists included Joseph Beuys, Lee Appelby, Jochem Hendricks, Sigrid Holmwood, Kevin Hunt, Rei Kakiuchi, San Keller and Nicolas Pople
AWARDS, GRANTS, RESIDENCIES
2016 Frieze Film, London, UK
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
AHRC PhD Research Award, UK
2010 Artlink, Performative reading book tour award, Switzerland
Schloss Elmau Writer-in-Residence, Bavaria, Germany
Rauris Literature Festival Honoured Guest, Austria
Jive Talker Winner of National Book Tokens Global Reads
Arts Council Writing Grant for Tattoo City
Society of Authors Writing Grant, London for Tattoo City
2006 The Fritschy Award Nominee, The Netherlands
2005-10 ACME, The Fire Station Residency
2004 Decibel Visual Arts Award (Arts Council)
The Arts Council Exhibition Grant (Holyballism, The Art Exchange Gallery, Nottingham)
Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Selectors: Kate Bush, Dinos Chapman, Tacita Dean, Brian Griffiths
2000 The Thami Mnyele Artist Residency, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ARTIST TALKS, BOOK FESTIVALS and PERFORMATIVE READINGS (Jive Talker unless Specified)
2016 Live Art Festival, University of Cape Town’s Institute for Creative Arts, South Africa
Nyau Economics: play, art and the economy of the Gift, TEDxRoma – Game Changers 2016<, Rome, Italy
Permissions: The way we work now, Goldmsith, University of London, UK
Artist talk, Leeds School of Contemporary Art, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK
Nyau Cinema, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Nyau Cinema, Camberwell School of Art, UAL, London, UK
2015 Photography and the Archive panel speaker, Chaired by Paolo Barrata Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Symposium: Art and Collaboration, SOAS, University of London, UK
The Art of Hyperbole: Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, with Paul Godwin and Lara Pawson, London, UK
2013 African Film and Literature Festiva, The Gasteig’s Blackbox, Munich, Germany
Africa: The Place of Non-Fiction, Royal African Society’s Africa Writes, British Museum, London, UK
Uccello’s Vineyard presentation, Formation International Photography Festival, UK
Artist Talk for Tattoo City, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
2012 Nightingale Theatre, Brighton, UK
2010 SimensForum, Auditorium, Munich, Germany
Weltempfang, Frankfurt International Bookfair, Germany
Museum Baerengasse, Zurich, Switzerland
Vienna Public Library, Austria
Afrika Festival, Graz
University of Salzburg, Austria
Allerweltshaus, Cologne, Germany
St Gallen Library, St Gallen, Switzerland
Literature House, Basel, Switzerland
Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland
Ono Theatre Bern, Switzerland
Literature House, Basel, Switzerland
Literarischer Salon, Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany
Rauriser Literaturtage, Rauris, Austria
Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany
2009 Holyball Exercises and Exorcisms, Mellons Garden, London, UK
Whitton Library, Richmond, UK
Holyball Exercises and Exorcisms, Nextex, St Gallen Switzerland
Edinburgh International Book Festival, UK
2008 Plum Live, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Authored by the Artist
2015 Samson Kambalu: Nyau Cinema, published by Stevenson Gallery, South Africa on the occasion of Sepia Rain by Samson Kambalu
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
2012 Uccello’s Vineyard (a novel) by Samson Kambalu
2011 Der skurrile Diktator by Samson Kambalu (A review of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s The Wizard of the Crow), Kalturaustausch, IFA, Germany
2010 Dr Albert Schweitzer’s Troublesome Young Brother by Samson Kambalu, Kulturaustausch, IFA, October 2010, Germany
Windmill Jive by Samson Kambalu, Salz Magazine, April, Austria
2009 Action Bitte – Malawians at Leisure by Samson Kambalu, Kulturaustausch, IFA, August 2009, Germany
2008 The Jive Talker (autobiographical novel) by Samson Kambalu (Jonathan Cape UK, Simon and Schuster USA, Unionsverlag Germany)
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
2011 Atelier Gesprache, Sabine Coelsch-Foisner, Verlag Anton Pustet
2010 Southern African Travel Guide, recommendation by Lonely Planet Publications
Malawi and Zambia Travel Guide, recommendation by Lonely Planet Publications
2009 Artsadmin 30th Anniversary, Artsadmin, London
2008 Next We Change Earth, The New Art Exchange Gallery, Nottingham
2006 The Bradt Travel Guide to Malawi, recommendation by Phillip Briggs
Ballkünstler, Museum der Bildenden Kunste Leipzig
2004 Museum de Paviljoens: Journal of a Building 1992-2004, the Museum de Paviljoens
2003 Black My Story, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, The Netherlands
Exedra, Phillip Van De Bossche
SELECTED TV & RADIO APPEARANCES
2016 TED X channel, Rome, Italy
2013 BBC World News, London (With Mishal Husein)
2010 ORF TV, Vienna, Austria
Bayern 2, Munich, Germany (With Ania Mauruschat)
2008 BBC Radio Nottingham (Opening of New Art Exchange Gallery)
BBC Radio 4 Midweek (for Jive Talker ith Hardeep Singh Kohli)
BBC London (With Robert Elms)
BBC World Service (With George Arney)
2005 BBC Radio Nottingham
2004 BBC Radio Derby Interview
SELECTED PRESS
2016 Play and the profane in Samson Kambalu’s Holy Ball, Holyballism and (Bookworm) The Fall of Man by Massa Lemu (Stedelijk Studies, Third Issue)
2015 Venice Biennale: Highlights and the best of the rest by Louisa Buck, The Telegraph
Samson Kambalu: Souverain du Cinema Nyau by Eric Loret (Café des Images, 8 September)
Gianfranco Sanguinetti contro la Biennale di Venezia by Raffaella Pellegrino in Artribune
L’écrivain italien Sanguinetti porte plainte contre la Biennale de Venise by Roxana Azimi in Le Monde
Entering the Arena, All the World’s Futures: Samson Kambalu on the 56th Venice Biennale (Contemporary And)
Samson Kambalu interview by Matteo Mottin (ATP Diary 22 May)
2014 For the Ranter the whole World is a playground: Samson Kambalu interviewed by Massa Lemu (Contemporary And)
2012 Tattoo City: The First Three Chapters, The Guide, The Guardian
Reviews of Tattoo City: The First Three Chapters, including online reviews at corridor8.co.uk and, creativetourist.com
2010 Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zwischen Nietzsche und Holy Ball, Switzerland
2010 Salzburgh Nachritchen, Ein Steilpass von Nietzsche by Berhard Flieher
Spiegel Online, Jive Talker by Ulrich Baron
2009 Mister Motley, Demonen Wegtrappen!, (magazine article) by Daphne Pappers, The Netherlands
Recreating the Portrait of the Young Artist, WASI, review by Steve Chimombo, Malawi
Bookforum USA, An Artist’s Genesis by Joscelyn Jurich
2008 Reviews of The Jive Talker (Random House, Simon and Schuster, and Unionsverlag) in UK and USA include The Sunday Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, Bookforum and TimeOut New York
Time Out New York, The Jive Talker Review by Michael Sandlin
Good News from Africa by Giles Foden in The Guardian
The Adventures of an African Huckleberry Finn by Aminatta Forna in The Telegraph
Portrait of the Artist as a Young African by Susan Williams in The Independent
2005 Metro Review
2004 a-n Magazine, Samson Kambalu: Holyballism, review by Michael Forbes
The Lincolnshire Echo, Forget Goldenballs, it’s Holyballs for Sam (article), plus a number of letters
The Guardian, Picture Perfect: New British Talent by Adrian Searle
Telegraph, Strangeness and Charm by Richard Dorment
Channel 5, Liverpool Biennial review with Tim Marlow
The Independent, Feeling Queasy on the Mersey Side, by Thomas Sutcliffe
BBC 2 Newsnight with Thomas Sutcliffe
2003 Deterritorialism, Art Monthly, Eddie Chambers
Black My Story, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, The Netherlands
Artists included Jimmie Durham, Remy Jungeman, Shirana Shahbazi and Chikako Watanabe
NRC Handelsblad, Door Cornel Bierens, The Netherlands
Nederlands Instituut voor Zuielijk Afrika, The Netherlands
2002 WASI, Steve Chimombo Malawi
2001 Kunstblad magazine, Claudine Hellweg, The Netherlands
Nederlands Instituut voor Zuielijk Afrika, The Netherlands
2000 WASI, Malawi
EDUCATION
 2011-15 Chelsea College of Art and Design, PhD (Fine Art)
 2002-03 Nottingham Trent University, MA (Fine Art) (Distinction)
1995-99 University of Malawi, BA (Fine Art and Ethnomusicology) (Distinction)
TEACHING & ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
2013 Guest speaker at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, at the invitation of Professor Pavel Büchler, as part of the series of Tuesday Talks in collaboration with the Manchester Metropolitan University
2012 Guest Lecturer at Salford University
2010 Guest speaker at the University of Salzburg, Austria, at the invitation of Professor Sabine Coelsch-Foisner
Guest speaker at the Literature Salon, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
2006 Guest Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University
2002-05 Select Education, Supply art instructor in schools and colleges in the East Midlands
1999-02 Associate Lecturer in Fine Art, Chancellor College, University of Malawi. Duties included undergraduate classes in painting and drawing, art history and art theory (modern and contemporary art, with a special focus on Africa)
CONSULTANCIES
2011 Consulted by the Roger Federer Foundation regarding Malawi
2005 Commissioning panel for East Midlands Development Agency (through ArtReach). We commissioned Rafael Lozano-Hemmer to create “Under Scan”, a multi-media installation that toured the East Midlands and London
Commissioning panel for ArtReach Three Cities project. We commissioned “Nanoplex”, a mobile cinema that continues to tour the UK
2004 Architectural design consultancy for the New Art Exchange in Nottingham. This involved visiting various public art institutions around Britain in order to evaluate the requirements for the new contemporary art centre in Nottingham

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