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Sammy Baloji

Essay on Urban Planning: Photo essay on urban planning from 1910 to the present-day city of Lubumbashi, 2013

Digital inkjet print
121 × 141 3/4 in
307.3 × 360 cm
Edition of 5 + 2AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
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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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About the work
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Photography
Signature
Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Image rights
Copyright the artist and Axis Gallery
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.

Sammy Baloji

Essay on Urban Planning: Photo essay on urban planning from 1910 to the present-day city of Lubumbashi, 2013

Digital inkjet print
121 × 141 3/4 in
307.3 × 360 cm
Edition of 5 + 2AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
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