Kensington and Chelsea College are delighted that recent graduate Stella Kajombo (of the Level 4 Foundation course) has had her graduation exhibition spotted by Contemporary Art Curator Rosalind Davis. On the strength of this work Davis has invited Kajombo to exhibit in a dynamic exhibition in a Central London Gallery; Collyer Bristow in Holborn. The exhibition ‘Telling Tales’ opening in October 2016 includes major established artists- Graham Crowley, Richard Galpin, Emma Talbot and Gordon Cheung. Telling Tales shows the work of a spectrum of contemporary artists from the ages of 19-84 years old. An even greater compliment is that amongst this stellar company of established artists Davis has chosen Stella’s work as the main press image for the exhibition.
KCC Foundation Course Director Justin Hibbs says “this is a huge achievement for any student at this level and we are very proud of Stella who has created a stunning and richly layered body of work. This also reflects the great standard of teaching and level of student achievement at KCC on the foundation course.”
Stella Kajombo’s work is a performance piece (photographically documented by fellow student Srirat Jongsanguandi) in which she traces the stories of skin; touching upon historical links to slavery and caste systems as well as African ritual and history, classical and contemporary notions of beauty and the heritage of African music in 21st century culture. The performance documents her painting her skin white and then back to black as she reinvents and re-presents herself, depicting a powerful sense of celebration and empowerment drawn from her own evolving story of skin and identity. Stella Kajombo (b.1996, Malawi) recently graduated from the Foundation Course at Kensington and Chelsea College where she won the Peter Stanley Prize and was selected for ‘Origins’ (at the Menier Gallery); a UAL exhibition that showcases students from foundation courses from across the country. Kajombo is about to start her first year of a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at the Arts University Bournemouth.
Preview 13 October, 6-8pm
Exhibition 14 October- 15 Feb 2018
Collyer Bristow Gallery, 4 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4TF
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Date published: 18 August 2016