We congratulate Thami Mnyele Foundation fellow Samson Kambalu for winning the Trafalgar Square fourth plinth award!! His work 'Antelope' will be erected on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth next year.
“Adopting the vocabulary of traditional memorial statues, Samson Kambalu’s “Antelope” is more direct. Kambalu restages as sculpture a 1914 photograph taken in Nyasaland, now Malawi, of pan-Africanist preacher John Chilembwe and British missionary John Chorley. The pair were friends, so this is an image based on harmony, as well as radical stirring: Chilembwe has his hat on, defying a colonial rule forbidding Africans from wearing hats in the presence of white people. A year after the photograph, Chilembwe was killed leading a pro-independence uprising. Kambalu depicts Chorley life-size, Chilembwe much larger than life, asserting the right for his story, and those of unrepresented people across the former British empire, to be heard. "