IDS Annual Lecture with Samson Kambalu

Thursday 25 November 2021

Malawian born artist Samson Kambalu will deliver this year’s IDS Annual Lecture. Samson is a globally renowned artist and intellectual whose Antelope sculpture will feature on London Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth in 2022.


The Antelope and the Problematic of the Gift – How African art provides a lens to recast development.

Chair: Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies

Speaker: Samson Kambalu is an artist and writer working in a variety of media, including site-specific installation, video, performance and literature. His work is autobiographical and approaches art as an arena for critical thought and sovereign activities. Born in Malawi, Kambalu’s work fuses aspects of the Nyau masking culture of the Chewa, the anti-reification theories of the Situationist movement and the Protestant tradition of inquiry, criticism and dissent.

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