Headlands Center for the Arts

Samson Kambalu

Malawi/United Kingdom | visual
Artist in Residence Program 2016

Artist Statement

I was born in Malawi in 1975, studied Fine Art and Ethnomusicology at the University of Malawi, and have an MA in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University. I am currently completing a practice-led PhD in Fine Art looking at the problematic of the gift and the general economy in various aspects of my art practice at Chelsea College of Art. I recently won research fellowships based on my research interests with Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution, and have shown work around the world, including at the 2014 Dakar Biennale, the Liverpool Biennial (2004), and was featured in Okwui Enwezor Venice Biennale 2015, All the World Futures. I am the author of two award-winning artist novels: a memoir, The Jive Talker or, How to Get a British Passport, and Uccello’s Vineyard, a fictional narrative of modern art set in the Middle Ages.

While At Headlands

While at Headlands I will explore the psycho-geography and the unconscious situationism of San Francisco, and the Headlands and its vicinities as I develop my Nyau Cinema dispositif into a total visual art practice. I hope to be inspired by Headlands’ diverse community of art practitioners in experimenting with various media and ideas to this end.

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