Samson Kambalu, Modern Art Oxford, May 2021 – Red Dragon Flagmakers

Samson Kambalu, Modern Art Oxford, May 2021

Gallery installation at Modern Art Oxford, May 2021

We have worked with renowned artist Samson Kambalu on many on his exhibitions. We produce stitched representations of his art for exhibition and sale around the World using traditional cut stitch and finish skills in our Swansea workshop.

Oxford-based artist and writer Samson Kambalu (b. 1975 Chiradzulu, Malawi), studied at the University of Malawi (BA Fine Art and Ethnomusicology, 1995-99); Nottingham Trent University (MA Fine Art, 2002-03) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (PhD, 2011 – 15).

Kambalu authored the first memoir of a childhood in Malawi, The Jive Talker (2008), and his artworks have been exhibited around the world, including Dakar Biennale (2014, 2016), Tokyo International Art Festival (2009) and the Liverpool Biennial (2004, 2016), and featured in All the World’s Futures, Venice Biennale 2015, curated by Okwui Enwezor. With solo exhibitions at PEER Gallery, London, and Mu.ZEE, Ostend, Belgium in 2020; Whitechapel Gallery, London and NSU Art Museum, Miami in 2016.

Kambalu’s work is in the national art collections of Tate, the British Council, and the Contemporary Art Society, and his research fellowships include Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution. Kambalu is an associate professor of fine art at The Ruskin School of Art and a fellow at Magdalen College, University of Oxford.

Samson Kambalu at Modern Art Oxford May 2021 New Liberia. All flags, panels and banners made by Red Dragon Flagmakers

“New Liberia comes out of the time lag between aspects of early 20th century Malawian modernist cultures and various emancipatory social and political movements.” – Samson Kambalu

Samson Kambalu at Modern Art Oxford May 2021 New Liberia. All flags, panels and banners made by Red Dragon Flagmakers

For his largest solo exhibition, Samson Kambalu’s powerful installation creates the atmosphere of an initiation ceremony for a utopia of international racial justice that equally values each person. This idea of a ‘New Liberia’ marks a mass change in attitudes, sparked by the pandemic and global Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.

Samson Kambalu at Modern Art Oxford May 2021 New Liberia. All flags, panels and banners made by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Kambalu’s exhibition is also grounded in the events of his African childhood, watching makeshift cinema and Nyau dances of ancestral costumes (a secret society of the Chewa, the largest indigenous group in Malawi), and enjoying playground swaps of national flag cards, whilst living under a dictatorship that came after British colonial rule.

Samson Kambalu at Modern Art Oxford May 2021 New Liberia. All flags, panels and banners made by Red Dragon Flagmakers

Drawing from three centuries of philosophy, social pioneers and Malawian culture, Kambalu’s playful exhibition balances colour, humour and intelligence. Combining video, images, texts and sculptures, the exhibition exudes what the artist has become celebrated for: his vivid imagination and outstanding creativity.

Samson Kambalu in conversation with Emma Ridgeway at Modern Art Oxford May 2021

Click HERE to watch Samson Kambalu in conversation with Emma Ridgway at Modern Art Oxford, 25th May 2021.

For more information on Samson, please click here to reach his Facebook page. Further information on the artist can easily be found on the web.

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