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Join artist Samson Kambalu for a spontaneous walking tour of Oxford and discover more about his intriguing artistic process.

Kambalu leads an unplanned walking journey through the city of Oxford, enacting the critical concept of the dérive, or ‘drift’, developed by the art collective Situationist International in the second half of the twentieth century.

The walk will last approximately 1 hour. Please wear suitable clothing and shoes.

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This event is part of the Humanities Cultural Programme at TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities).

Samson Kambalu

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.