Sammy Baloji

Congolese, b. 1978

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Sammy Baloji

Congolese, b. 1978

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Sammy Baloji’s artistic concern is rooted in the daily life of Congolege people, and he uses photography to explore his country’s present and to retell its history from the perspective of its people. “Ethnography, architecture, and urbanism [are] among my current focuses,” he has written. “My reading of the Congolese past is a way of analyzing African identity today, through all the political systems that the society has experienced.” He often combines archival photographs with his own shots of the people and places bearing the marks of colonialism. In his “Mémoire” series (2006), for example, he focuses on the former mining town of Lubumbashi. By superimposing photographs of the people who worked and ran the mines over his own images of these now disused structures, he reveals the ongoing ramifications of the past.

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Tate Modern, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

Sammy Baloji’s artistic concern is rooted in the daily life of Congolege people, and he uses photography to explore his country’s present and to retell its history from the perspective of its people. “Ethnography, architecture, and urbanism [are] among my current focuses,” he has written. “My reading of the Congolese past is a way of analyzing African identity today, through all the political systems that the society has experienced.” He often combines archival photographs with his own shots of the people and places bearing the marks of colonialism. In his “Mémoire” series (2006), for example, he focuses on the former mining town of Lubumbashi. By superimposing photographs of the people who worked and ran the mines over his own images of these now disused structures, he reveals the ongoing ramifications of the past.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Articles Featuring Sammy Baloji
Peggy Guggenheim and the Ritual of Collaboration at the Venice Biennale
Jul 10th, 2015
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