Selected Works

Samson Kambalu

Beni Flag: Cinema, 2019 Sewn polyester and cotton Work: 100 x 100 cm

Samson Kambalu

Preikestolen, 2017 Digital Video, colour 33 Seconds

Samson Kambalu

Beni Flag: Sovereign States (this is not what I meant when I said bang bang), 2019 Sewn polyester and cotton Work: 100 x 100 cm

Samson Kambalu

Dogs see invisible things , 2017 Digital Video, colour 43 Seconds

Samson Kambalu

Two Mushroom Clouds (synopsis), 2017 Text on variable surface Variable Dimensions

Samson Kambalu

Mississippi Stomp in Blue, 2017 Digital video, colour and Lasered Plinths

Samson Kambalu

Keyala Soldier I, 2019 Digital print on cardboard cut out in wooden frame Work: 200 x 200 cm

Samson Kambalu

Exercise Yard , 2017 Digital video,colour 1:02 minutes

Keyala Soldier IX, 2019 Digital print on cardboard cut out Work: 200 x 200 cm

Samson Kambalu

Runner Stereograph, 2017 Digital photograph

Samson Kambalu

The Last Judgement , 2015 Installation, 400 soccer balls, covered with pages from the bible Variable

Fly Swatter Stereograph, 2017 Digital Photograph


Samson Kambalu is an artist and writer working in a variety of media, including site-specific installation, video, performance and literature. His work is autobiographical and approaches art as an arena for critical thought and sovereign activities. Born in Malawi, Kambalu’s work 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 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). He was included in All the World’s Futures, Venice Biennale 2015, curated by Okwui Enwezor. More recently Kambalu was the Malawi Cultural Consultant for the film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and translated the script into Chichewa. He also was included on the 2019 Dallas Medianale.

Kambalu studied at the University of Malawi (BA Fine Art and Ethnomusicology); Nottingham Trent University (MA Fine Art) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (PhD Fine Art). Kambalu, who began his academic career at the University of Malawi, has won research fellowships with Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution, and is an associate professor of Fine Art at Ruskin School of Art, and a fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford University.


Samson Kambalu / Nyasaland An...

16 March - 13 April 2019

Narrative Means / 2018

02 June - 14 July 2018

the silences between / 2017

24 August - 29 September 2017

Samson Kambalu / Ghost Dance ...

15 July - 12 August 2017


Samson Kambalu and Carrie Mae...

Posted 05 March 2020

Samson Kambalu, William Kentr...

Posted 14 October 2019

Samson Kambalu translates fil...

Posted 14 November 2018

Samson Kambalu and Kiluanji K...

Posted 15 June 2018


Samson Kambalu / Mousse Magaz...

Samson Kambalu / Art Throb / ...

Samson Kambalu / Bubblegum Cl...

Samson Kambalu / Between 10&5...