Samson Kambalu is a PhD student at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, his research project, 13th Room: The General Economy in Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art is funded by the AHRC. Samson has recently been awarded funding for a fellowship at Yale Center for British Art for the Summer of 2014. Samson says of the opportunity,
Yale is an exciting opportunity for me both as a student and an artist. My time there will not only offer me rare material resources and expertise regarding psychogeography and themes of sovereignty in William Blake and Romantic art, but will also be a unique opportunity for me to develop my research and practice while in communication with world class researchers, curators and artists. I would hope that these connections could lead to long term, collaborative opportunities.
My practice as a cosmopolitan artist of African origin has involved travelling to various cities popular with African diaspora, such as London, New York and Paris, and being inspired by their psychogeography. Coming to New Haven will enable me to carry out this endeavor while deepening my knowledge of how Romantic and African ideas of sovereignty, such as the Nyau masquerade tradition of my father’s tribe the Chewa, can be translated within contemporary art and the everyday life.