Photography - Installation - Video/Film - New media
Since 2005, Baloji has been exploring the memory and history of the Democratic Republic of Congo. His work is an ongoing research on the cultural, architectural and industrial heritage of the Katanga region, as well as a questioning of the impact of Belgian colonization. His use of photographic archives allowed him to manipulate time and space, thus comparing ancient colonial narratives to contemporary economic imperialisms. His videos and series of photographs highlight how identities are shaped, transformed, perverted and reinvented. His critical view of contemporary societies are warnings about how cultural clichés continue to shape collective memories, allowing social and political power games to continue to dictate human behaviour.
A Knight of Arts and Letters, he has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Prince Claus Prize, the Spiegel Prize for African Photography Meetings in Bamako and the Dakar Biennale and the Rolex Mentor et Protégé Arts Initiative. He is for the year 2019-2020 a resident of the Académie de France in Rome – Villa Médicis. Sammy Baloji is a co-founder of Picha Encounters, Lubumbashi Biennale.