The work of London based artist and author Samson Kambalu, reminds us what a gift is by looking at ancient and present African cultures and western post-modern thinking. ”Gifts are not charity when they allow for mutuality and possibilities for the gift to be returned.” Samson Kambalu is invited to hold a keynote for the Stockholm Act because he can explain why gifts can be an important key to change necessary for a sustainable future.
Born in 1975 in Malawi, Samson Kambalu 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). He has shown his work around the world, including Dakar Biennale (2014, 2016), Tokyo International 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, curated by Okwui Enwezor. Kambalu has been appointed associate professor of fine art at Ruskin College and fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford University.