A conversation with artist Samson Kambalu and University of Chicago Associate Professor Jennifer Wild (Department of Cinema and Media Studies), moderated by Yesomi Umolu, Logan Center Exhibitions Curator. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Retrogarde, the discussion will address alternative readings of avant-garde art and cinema in Kambalu’s and Wild’s artistic and scholarly work, respectively.
Presented by Logan Center Exhibitions and the Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.
ABOUT SAMSON KAMBALU
Samson Kambalu (b. 1975) is a Malawi-born, London-based artist and author who received a BA in Fine Art and Ethnomusicology from University of Malawi (1999), an MA in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University (2003), and a PhD from Chelsea College of Art and Design (2015). His first book The Jive Talker, or How to Get a British Passport (Jonathan Cape, 2008 / Unionsverlag, 2010) was voted favorite of National Book Tokens’ “Global Reads” (2010). He was included in the Liverpool Biennial (2016), Dak’art (2016), and the 56th Venice Biennial (2015).
ABOUT JENNIFER WILD
Jennifer Wild is Associate Professor in the Departments of Cinema and Media Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. Wild specializes in the history and theory of modernism; the European and American avant-garde; interdisciplinary historiography; and the history of cinematic forms. Her book, The Parisian Avant-Garde in the Age of Cinema, 1900-1923 (The University of California Press, 2015), was short-listed for the Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book Award (2016), and was awarded Honorary Mention for the Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies (2014-15).
Image: Samson Kambalu, Runner (2014) Courtesy the artist