Sammy Baloji
©Sammy Baloji

©Sammy Baloji

Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1978. His career started in the world of comics, before he became involved in photography and video. Initially, his work focused on the illustration of ethnography, but he gradually developed an interest for the cultural heritage of Katanga, one of the most productive mining areas
in his country. His large-format photographs combine historical and contemporary images. The remains of mining architecture from the Belgian colonial period are combined with photographs of the former miners, who where exploited by the colonizers. His work leads us to reflect on the testimony of a society marked by exploitation and the structures of power.

Baloji has participated in various artistic projects and his work has been shown at different international exhibitions. Among them, the Bamako African Photography Festival and PhotoQuai in Paris, both in 2007. In 2008, examples of his work were exhibited at the Cultuurcentrum Brugge de Bond, in Bruges, and at ifa-Galerie Berlin.

 

©Sammy Baloji

©Sammy Baloji