22 May
5 September 2021

Samson Kambalu: New Liberia

New Liberia comes out of the time lag between aspects of early 20th century Malawian modernist cultures and various emancipatory social and political movements.” – Samson Kambalu

For his largest solo exhibition, Samson Kambalu’s powerful installation creates the atmosphere of an initiation ceremony for a utopia of international racial justice that equally values each person. This idea of a ‘New Liberia’ marks a mass change in attitudes, sparked by the pandemic and global Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.

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Drawing from three centuries of philosophy, social pioneers and Malawian culture, Kambalu’s playful exhibition balances colour, humour and intelligence. Combining video, images, texts and sculptures, the exhibition exudes what the artist has become celebrated for: his vivid imagination and outstanding creativity.

Highlights from MAO Studio

Samson Kambalu: Is this détournement or collage?

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Watch: Samson Kambalu meets Alayo Akinkugbe of Instagram's @ablackhistoryofart

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World Elephant Day - Meet Samson Kambalu's Elephant Chiefs

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This exhibition is generously supported by Modern Art Oxford’s Commissioning Circle, John Fell Fund Oxford University and Kate MacGarry Gallery. With thanks to TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), Magdalen College University of Oxford, Galerie Nordenhake Stockholm and Goodman Gallery South Africa.