Sammy Baloji – Galerie Imane Farès, Paris. Art contemporain du Moyen-Orient et art contemporain Africain. Peintures, photographies, sculptures, vidéos.
Sammy Baloji explores the cultural, architectural and industrial heritage of the Katanga region in Congo. In order to question official versions of the Belgian colonial history, he has researched in various key archives – for example the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren in Belgium. History of art (like the watercolourist Léon Dardenne) and documentary photography blend with that of colonialism. His series of photomontages, of revisited albums confront his historical research with the human
and economic actuality (such as the new invasions of these territories by companies from Asia for instance). The juxtapositions dialogue and his series, such as Congo Far West, Kolwezi, Mémoire, are highly charged with meaning.
During “Têtes modernes”, the cycle of talks and events Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern, orchestrated at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, he invited Sammy Baloji and the musician Baloji to a conversation on 24 November 2012. Sammy Baloji is co-founder of the Picha Encounters, a regular international exhibition in Lubumbashi – proof of his profound continued engagement in his home town.