Kate MacGarry, London.
SAMSON KAMBALU at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida
25 November – 23 April 2017
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale presents the first US solo museum exhibition by Samson Kambalu, featuring 12 of the artist’s recent films.
Kambalu’s installation references Thomas Edison’s Black Maria, which was the world’s first film production studio, located in West Orange, New Jersey. Like many of the early films produced at the Black Maria in the 19th century, Kambalu’s films are brief, silent slices of life. The films combine humour and the act of play as an essential characteristic of the artist’s Malawian heritage. As Kambalu notes, Nyau is a Chewa word for ‘excess’ and making film “becomes a way of escaping the limitations and conventions of everyday life, where the self is playfully re-conceived as part of a larger scheme of things.”