Samson Kambalu ci porta l’arte come modo di vivere attraverso il gioco, figlia della filosofia del dono, cara alla sua terra, il Malawi, dove chi regala indossa una maschera, per non essere riconosciuto eliminando così la condizione di dovere essere ricambiato. Sulla stessa impostazione nasce in Africa il cinema Nyau, che ispira fortemente la produzione artistica di Samsun Kambalu.
Samson Kambalu brings us art as a way of life through play, dear to his land, Malawi, where one provides a gift wearing a mask to avoid being recognized thus eliminating the requirement of having to be reciprocated. In the same setting Nyau cinema is born in Africa, which strongly inspires the artistic production of Samsun Kambalu.
Born in 1975 in Malawi, received his degree in Fine Arts and Ethnomusicology at the University of Malawi,followed by a Masters in Fine Arts from Nottingham Trent University and a Ph.D from the Chelsea College of Art and Design.He has shown his work around the world, including at the Dakar Biennale (2014),the Tokyo Int. Art Festival (2009) and the Liverpool Biennial (2004, 2016).He has won research fellowships with Yale University and Smithsonian Institution,and was included in All the World’s Futures,Venice Biennale 2015.Kambalu works in a variety of media.His work is auto-biographical.His first novel,a portrait of the artist growing up in Africa,The Jive Talker or How to Get A British Passport, was awarded Winner of the National Book Tokens ‘Global Reads’ Prize (2010). Kambalu’s recent novel, Uccello’s Vineyard, is a narrative about photography and art set in the Middle Ages.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx