Born in 1978, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo – Lives and works in Lubumbashi and Brussels, Belgium.
Sammy Baloji’s investigation into the paradigmatic rupture of colonialism and the image began in the South-Eastern Katanga. After graduating with a Humanities degree from the University of Lubumbashi, the artist began specializing in photography. Having recognized the lack of visual documentation of his country, Baloji turned his attention to the cultural, industrial and architectural heritage of the Congo. His process involves merging an urban, political and anthropological cartography of colonization’s history. It has been over a decade since the artist first entered into dialogue with the archives of the General Mining Society factories in Lubumbashi, yet traces of the past continue to galvanize his exploration of the present [...]
56th Venice Biennale: All the World's Futures (ed. Okwui Enwezor), published by Marsilio Editori, 2015