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.