Sammy Baloji, modern ruins

Sammy Baloji was born in 1978 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He lives and works in Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo). He’s a photographer and a visual artist. He graduated in Humanities Studies from the University of Lubumbashi. Since the beginning of his studies, he was interested in film. Later on, he actively dedicated himself to photography and film.

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Mémoire, 2006

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Mémoire, 2006

His work tells us the history of colonisation. A lot of his photos are dedicated to the industrial culture of Congo, a country characterized by many mineral sources that were exploited by Belgian colonisers. In a lot of photomontages we can see human figure in b/w on colored contemporary backgrounds, he represented the current state of decline and ruin. Modern ruins who tells us the story of men and women whose history is closely related to it.

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Mémoire, 2006

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Mémoire, 2006

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Mémoire, 2006

Sammy has exhibited his works at several international exhibitions in Brussels; at Bamako Biennale; at Musee du Quai Branly in Paris; and at Cup Biennale (South Africa). In addition, he has exhibited his works in his hometown. In 2007, he received two prizes from Bamako Biennale, namely Prix Afrique en Creation (Cultures France) and Prix pour l’image (Foundation Blachere).

For more info:

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/display/level-2-gallery-contested-terrains/contested-terrains-sammy-baloji

http://www.prixpictet.com/portfolios/earth-shortlist/sammy-baloji/

Pinterest: http://it.pinterest.com/AfricanArtNow/sammy-baloji/

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