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Samson Kambalu

A Thousand Years | Dogs See Invisible Things

November 1, 2021
–November 30, 2021

Samson Kambalu, A Thousand Years, 2013. 50″ Dogs See Invisible Things, 2016. 31″. Courtesy the artist.

A Thousand Years and Dogs See Invisible Things form part of Samson Kambalu’s ongoing “Nyau Cinema” series, a group of short films featuring spontaneous site-specific performances in public space often recorded by strangers. Each is silent and under a minute in duration. The films are informed equally by the aesthetics of early cinema and the improvised screenings Kambalu attended as a child in Malawi in the 1980s, which were often subject to power cuts.

Artist Samson Kambalu works in a variety of media, including site-specific installation, video, performance, and literature. He approaches art as an arena for critical thought and expressions of radical subjectivity and sovereignty. Kambalu is the winner of London’s 2022 fourth plinth commission in Trafalgar Square.

Past Shift Key Programmes

A still from Cecilia Vicuña "Paracas" (1983)
Cecilia Vicuña
Paracas
A Still from Cauleen Smith "Pilgrim" (2017)
Cauleen Smith
Pilgrim
Mona Hatoum
Roadworks
Aura Satz
Preemptive Listening (Part 1: The Fork in the Road)