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Sammy Baloji, ‘Gorilla territory: Hunting & Collecting (detail)’, 2015, Axis Gallery
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Sammy Baloji

Gorilla territory: Hunting & Collecting (detail), 2015

Copper, wood
8 1/10 × 7 9/10 in
20.5 × 20 cm
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Territoire gorille/Gorilla territory
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Courtesy the Artist and Axis Gallery, NY & NJ
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, ‘Gorilla territory: Hunting & Collecting (detail)’, 2015, Axis Gallery
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About the work
Medium
Sculpture
Signature
Certificate of Authenticity
Series
Territoire gorille/Gorilla territory
Image rights
Courtesy the Artist and Axis Gallery, NY & NJ
Sammy Baloji
Congolese, b. 1978
Follow

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

Gorilla territory: Hunting & Collecting (detail), 2015

Copper, wood
8 1/10 × 7 9/10 in
20.5 × 20 cm
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