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PASS in Amsterdam: Sammy Baloji

Sammy Baloji, photographer based in Lubumbashi and Brussels, will be in conversation on PASS in Amsterdam with Kodwo Eshun, Akinbode Akinbiyi and Adeola Engigbokan on Wednesday 14 December from 14:00 – 15:00.

Baloji explores the cultural, architectural and industrial heritage of the Katanga region in DRC in his work. Questioning the official versions of Belgian colonial history through his research into various key archives, such as The Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren in Belgium, Baloji produces works that confront human and economic actuality. By superimposing photographs of  people who worked in mines over his own images of these now disused structures, he reveals the ongoing ramifications of the past.

In Mémoire (2006), Sammy Baloji choreographed a haunting exploration of memory and forgetting in the ruins of postcolonial de-industrialization, featuring dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula.

 

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Baloji and Dizzy Mandjeku

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Discussions and improvisations between Baloji and guitar legend Dizzy Mandjeku. Next up: the final chapter of Moziki na Quartier.  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Baloji

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Lubumbashi-born, Brussels-based Baloji has been turning heads with his wordplay and styles since joining Belgian hip-hop crew Starflam Collective as a teenager. As a solo artist he released Hotel Impala in 2008, then reinterpreted the album in 2010 with Kinshasa Succursale including collaborations with Zaïko Langa Langa, Konono N°1, and Amp Fiddler. Baloji’s latest venture saw him travel again in DRC. “Capture”, the first song released from his 64 Bits & Malachite EP, is co-produced with Olugbenga and features Muanza and …  ( continue reading

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Revisit moments from the PASS landing in Amsterdam

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From 11 -15 December 2016, the Pan African Space Station transmitted live in Amsterdam from the OBA Central Library. PASS is an experiment in speaking, listening, playing, partying and community, featuring collaborations with artists and rebels whose practices draw from and respond to a variety of contexts; prompting us, through performance, conversation and other forms, to imagine how worlds connect. Listen to Kodwo Eshun further entangling our imaginations with ‘Music of Resilience’, recorded on day two of the intervention. For more from …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: Kodwo Eshun

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Kodwo Eshun is a British-Ghanaian writer, theorist, lecturer and filmmaker based in London. Along with Anjalika Sagar, Eshun founded the The Otolith Group, a research based artists organisation focused on exploring the moving image, the archive, the sonic and the aural within the gallery context. The Otolith Group have exhibited their works worldwide and are commissioned to develop and exhibit their art works, research and publications by a wide range institutions. This work acts as a resource that is documented on …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: Akinbode Akinbiyi

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Akinbode Akinbiyi is a Nigerian Berlin-based photographer, curator and writer. Akinbiyi has worked  as a photographer since 1974, focusing on photojournalism and architectural and cultural photography in African megacities. He has documented scenes from Johannesburg, Lagos, Kinsasha, Dakar and Douala; bringing viewers closer to urban life on the continent: from the banal everyday occurrences to the increasing profusion of high-rises. In 2016, Akinbiyi’s work was published in the catalogue of Kenyan photographer Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Always, in Spite of Everything. …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Amsterdam: Adeola Enigbokan

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Adeola Enigbokan is an artist and urban theorist from New York City based in Amsterdam. Enigbokan’s art and research investigates urban design and experience, and explores the potential for transformative exchanges in everyday interactions with institutional authorities. Her practice is informed by theory and methods from environmental psychology, anthropology and historical studies, culminating into her doctoral dissertation and ongoing work Archiving the City: A Guide to the Art of Urban Interventions. Adeola Enigbokan will be on PASS Amsterdam, in conversation …  ( continue reading

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PASS landing at OBA Central Library, Amsterdam

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From 11 -15 December 2016, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) landed in Amsterdam, transmitting live from the OBA Central Library.  The PASS live studio featured a 5-day programme as an experiment in speaking, listening, playing, partying and community; as a performance and exhibition space; a research platform and living archive. Programmed and performed by Chimurenga, PASS in Amsterdam featured collaborations with artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians and rebels whose practices draw from and respond to a variety of contexts; to prompt …  ( continue reading

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PASS Pop-up in Paris

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From September 17 – 19 2015, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) Pop-up was installed inside the gallery of Fondation Cartier, Paris with live programming that explored the past-present-future of Congolese music cultures. This intervention was a part of the exhibition Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko. Participating artists in the PASS Pop-UP in Paris included Ray Lema, Elikia M’bokolo, Syllart Records, Afrikaada Magazine, Baloji, Shenguen Shegue, Kongo Astronauts, Christine Eyene. Contributions will also be beamed in from New York, Montreal …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Kongo Astronauts

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Invented in 2013, Kinshasa-based crew, Kongo Astronauts imaginatively step through visual concepts, sounds, texts, space and time. Their urban or rural landings explore the sparcity of terrains along with postcolonial realities and dilemmas. Whether at Zongo Falls, the streets of Kin la Belle, or in music videos by Konono No.1 or Baloji, Kongo Astronauts as SPARCK say: “cannot be pinned down as art, [they] cannot be policed by an art world intimately linked to the structures of power that govern us.” …  ( continue reading

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