Samson Kambalu: Black Jack
Colourful and thought-provoking, the Malawi-born artist, academic and author's remixed flags appear around our site.
During lockdown, Samson Kambalu has been creating flags that explore the iconography and visual patterns of flags from around the world.
These artworks play with ideas of national and individual sovereignty and links to emancipatory movements such as Pan-Africanism and Black Lives Matter.
Using mobile technology to create and share on social media, the artist remixes colours and designs of flags, improvising in the same way a DJ or producer remixes music.
This link between music and visual language is underpinned by Kambalu's background in ethnomusicology: the study of music, and musical instruments, from the perspective of people who make it.
Samson Kambalu trained as a fine artist and ethnomusicologist at the University of Malawi's Chancellor College. He is a Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford.
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Blue Badge parking at National Theatre
Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). If you are visiting the Hayward Gallery, just take your badge and car park ticket to the Ticket Desk in the gallery foyer for validation before you leave.
Please note: on Sunday when the National Theatre building is closed there is no step-free access from the car park.
Alternative parking is available nearby at the APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges.
Blue Badge parking at APCOA Cornwall Road
Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can also be found at the South Bank Car Park – APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Just take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park for validation before you leave.
A drop-off point at the Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.
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