Samson Kambalu


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Solo exhibition for Samson Kambalu in New York City

The James Gallery of the City University of New York host a solo show for Samson Kambalu, titled Graphomania (5 December – 13 January). For his first exhibition in New York, Kambalu has devised a meditative and spirited installation of nine films concerned with traditional artistic drawing. Their form and imagery are haunted by social taboos that have persisted through history and have gathered to take shape again today. These new films in his oeuvre of Nyau Cinema prompt hand-made responses to the current obsession with expressions of “fast talking” through digital means. Concurrent to the exhibition, the artist joins jazz musician, Nolan Tsang, to host an evening of cinematic and jazz improvisation (12 December).

Essop brothers and Samson Kambalu on group exhibition about the Thami Mnyele Foundation residency programme

Works by Hasan and Husain Essop and Samson Kambalu are included on a group exhibition, African Amicitiae, which looks back on 25 years of residencies for artists from Africa and the diaspora at the Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam (13 November – 3 February). Hosted by Sociëteit Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam, the exhibition shows a selection of artworks from the collection of the foundation, which includes nearly 200 works donated by the artists.

Various artists on inaugural group show at Zeitz MOCAA

Nine Goodman Gallery artists – Ghada Amer, Hasan and Husain Essop, Kendell Geers, Samson Kambalu, William Kentridge, Liza Lou, Misheck Masamvu, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Hank Willis Thomas – are included on the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) inaugural exhibition,_ All things being equal…_, in Cape Town (22 September – 19 February). The launch of Zeitz MOCAA marks the opening of the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art. This show is the first in the museum’s initiative to host international exhibitions, while developing educational and enrichment programmes, encouraging intercultural understanding and facilitating access for all.

Samson Kambalu's solo show inaugurates Centre for the Moving Image at Zeitz MOCAA

Samson Kambalu’s video works are presented in a solo exhibition Wounded Negatives, inaugurating the Centre for the Moving Image at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town (22 September – 29 November). The exhibition explores the ideas that migration and displacement are no longer an exception, but rather a universal norm. Through Kambalu’s Nyau Cinema binaries of indigenous and alien, nationalism and disaffiliation, viewers are able to negotiate their sense of self in time and place; as the artist asks, ‘[h]ow do we situate ourselves if our geographical placement is continuously in flux?’. Using video and new media for his art production, Kambalu illustrates how technology and new media can be utilised by audiences to liberate themselves from identities which are largely defined by a fixed location.

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  • Solo exhibitions

    Samson Kambalu / Ghost Dance / 2017

    Group exhibitions

    the silences between / 2017

    Summer Show / 2016

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