Samson Kambalu

Introduction to Nyau Cinema

  • Samson Kambalu, Nyau Cinema, Still

    Samson Kambalu, Nyau Cinema, 2013, Still

Past Exhibition

Samson Kambalu: Introduction to Nyau Cinema

23 August 2016 – 8 January 2017

In a new work for the Project Galleries, London-based artist Samson Kambalu (b. 1975) draws inspiration from early cinema and watching films as a child in Malawi. Flickering images, appropriated footage, improvised projections, unexpected power cuts and a lively audience made every screening a joyful live event, one that also made visible the mechanics of film.

Turning the gallery into a magazine spread, Kambalu projects his black and white films of visual slapstick alongside his writings. Influenced by Situationism and psychogeography, as well as by the Gule Wamkulu rituals practiced among the Chewa people, Kambalu embraces the subversive potential of non-productive time, gift economies and play.


Big Ideas: Samson Kambalu
Sat 10 Sep, 3pm | £9.50/£7.50 concs.

As part of our ‘Big Ideas’ talk series, Samson Kambalu gives a performative lecture prompted by Nyau films, his ongoing body of work.

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