(selected by Clarissa Corfe)
The Holy Ball, 2003
Since graduating in 2003 Malawi-born Samson Kambalu has been awarded The Decibel Artists Award, been featured in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2004 and had been described by The Guardian Newspaper, as one of the seven artists to colour the future of British art. He has recently been nominated for the Fritschy Award, 2006, in The Netherlands.
His solo show Holy Ball Exercises and Exorcisms, 2004 at the Usher Gallery, Lincoln, included a manifesto detailing Kambalus vision of a future where all Holy Books of the world will be made into Holy Balls exercising and exorcising people into everlasting happiness.
Kambalu has exhibited in group shows in the UK and The Netherlands - Guess Who (Stedelijk Museum, Zwolle, The Netherlands, 2003), Black My Story (Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, The Netherlands, 2003) and One Step Beyond, (Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, 2004). Solo shows include Holyball Exercises and Exorcisms (Usher Gallery, Lincoln, 2004), Holyballism (Art Exchange, Gallery, Nottingham, 2004), and Certificates of Education (Nottingham Castle, 2005).
Kambalu is currently a resident artist at the Acme Studios Fire Station Project in London (2005).
> Picture Perfect, Adrian Searle, The Guardian, 30 November 2004. From decadent painters to death-defying video-makers, Adrian Searle introduces the undiscovered artists who will colour the future.