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Sammy Baloji was born in 1978 in Lubumbashi, in the mineral-rich Katanga province of Democratic Republic of Congo. He studied Computer and Information Sciences and Communication at the University of Lubumbashi. With a borrowed camera, he began photographing scenes as sources for his cartoons. He soon enrolled in photography courses in DRC, and continued with photography and video at Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, in Strasbourg, France. Raised in Lubumbashi, Sammy Baloji was sensitized to the colonial history and the postcolonial decline of the once-prosperous mining region of DRC, which Chinese companies exploit today. Baloji juxtaposes photographic realities, combining past and present, the real and the ideal, to illicit glaring cultural and historical tensions. He explores architecture and the human body as traces of social history, sites of memory, and witnesses to operations of power.


Baloji has had solo exhibitions at: Musée du quai Branly, Paris; MuZee, Oostende, Belgium; Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren; and Museum for African Art, NY. Currently Sammy Baloji is featured in documenta 14, Kassel, Germany, and Athens, Greece, directed by Adam Szymczyk,  and curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung. He is also in Chinafrika: under construction, at  Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Germany, Tous, des sangs-mélês curated by Frank Lamy and Julie Crenn, MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France.  Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa, curated by Karen Milbourne and Margaret Nooter-Roberts is currently at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., having already shown at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA, and the Wellin Museum, New York in 2016.  In 2016 his work was also featured in the 11th Shanghai Biennale, and he curated in collaboration with Bambi Ceuppens, Congo Art Works: Popular Painting at BOZAR, Brussels, currently showing at The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia. His solo show that opened in May 2016 at WIELS, Contemporary Art Center Brussels titled Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck — Urban Now: City Life in Congo, is currently at the Open Society Foundation, New York, and will travel to The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada and Galerias Municipais/EGEAC in Lisbon. Widely collected, Baloji has featured in numerous group exhibitions worldwide. In 2015 he was featured in “la vie modern” curated by Ralph Rugoff, in the 13th Biennale de Lyon, “All the World’s Future’s” curated by Okwui Enwezor, the 56th International Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, and “Personne et les autres”, curated by Katrina Gregos, the exhibition for the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He was also featured in “Africa” at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, “Beauté Congo”, Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris,and “Tech4Change”, curated by Mari F. Sundet, at Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway, 2015. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including, the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, 2015,and the 2014 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative award, partnering with Olafur Eliasson. He was nominated a Prix Pictet finalist in 2009, received the Prince Claus Award in 2008, and two awards at the 2007 African Photography Biennial in Bamako, Mali.


EDUCATION

2005                    Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Strasbourg, France

2003-2005           Université de Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, DRC. Information Sciences and Communication

2000-2003           Université de Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, RDC

                            Degree in Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Dept. of Computer Science and Communication


AWARDS

2017                    Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography, Peabody Museum of Archeology, Harvard University

2016                    Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres

2016                    Prix OIF, Dak’Art Biennale

2015                    Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship

2014                    Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative with Mentor Olafur  Eliasson

2013                    Shortlisted Visible Award, Fondazione Pitoletto, Fondazione Zegna

2012                    The Spiegel prize, Patrick De Spiegelaere Fund.

2012                    Nominated, Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award

2009                    Shortlist. Prix Pictet

2008                    Prince Claus Award

2007                    Prix Afrique en créations, Travail de création du jeune photographe and Prix pour l’image, Fondation Jean-Paul

                            Blachère. African Photography Biennial in Bamako, Mali.



COLLECTIONS

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., USA

Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN. USA

Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA, USA

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, USA

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Belgian Ministery of Foreign Affairs, Kinshasa & Belgium

MuZEE, Kunstmuseum aan Zee, Oostende, Belgium

Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

Centre national des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France

Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

Foundation Sindika Dokolo, Luanda
Foundation Zinsou, Ouidah, Benin

Statoil Art collection, Oslo, Norway

The Walther Collection, Ulm, Germany

U.S Dept. of State, Art in Embassies Collection

FUTURE PROJECTS/EXHIBITIONS


2019                    Feedback: Art and Africa in the 1980’s. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College /  NH. USA

2018                    Congo Art Work: Popular Painting. Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, September 2018.

2018                    Congo Art Work: Popular Painting. Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany, March 2018

2017                    Curatorial Advisory Committee member for 11th Edition of Bamako Encounters

2017                    Liquid State, Axis Gallery, New York


EXHIBITIONS/FESTIVALS/RESIDENCIES


2017


June -Sep              documenta 14, Kassel, Germany

June -Sep              Chinafrika. under construction, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany

April -July              documenta 14, Athens, Greece

April -Aug ’17        The Absent Museum, WIELS, Contemporary Art Center Brussels. April 20 - Aug.13.

May 2017              Congo Art Work: Popular Painting. The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art , Moscow, Russia. May 20

March -June          The White Hunter, FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy. March 31- June 6. 2017

March -May            AFRIQUES CAPITALES, 100% AFRIQUES Festival, La Grande Halle, Parc de la Villette, Paris, March 29 - May 28.

Nov ’16-July ’17    Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck — Urban Now: City Life in Congo. Open Society, Foundations, New York.

May’ 16 -Sep 17    Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa. Smithsonian National Museum of African Art,

                              Washington D.C, May 18, 2016- September 24, 2017.


2016


Nov 2016              11th Shanghai Biennale. Power Station of Art.

May-Dec               Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck — Urban Now: City Life in Congo WIELS, Contemporary Art Center Brussels.

                              May 5 - August 14, 2016, Open Society, Foundations, New York, Nov 1 2016 - July 14, 2017.

Oct                        Congo Art Works: Popular Painting. Co-curated by Sammy Baloji and Bambi Ceuppens, BOZAR, Brussels. 10 2016-1 2017

Sep                       The Expanded Subject: New Perspectives in African Photographic Portraiture, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery,

                              Columbia University, New York

May-                      Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa. Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington

                              D.C, May 18, 2016- March 26, 2017. Wellin Museum, Clinton, New York, USA, Sep. 10 – Dec. 11, 2016.

April                       802 That is where, as you heard, the elephant danced the malinga. The place where they now grow flowers - Sammy Baloji.

                              Galerie Imane Farès, Paris France


2015-16                

2015-16                Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA

                              December 20, 2015–January 2, 2017.

                              UN LIVE, Museum for Humanity, Copenhagen, Denmark. Committee member            

Nov-Jan                So-called Utopias, Logan Center for the Arts, The University of Chicago, IL.

Sep-Jan                 La vie moderne, 13th Biennale de Lyon, Curated by Ralph Rugoff.

Oct -March            Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa organized by Smithsonian National Museum

                              of African Art, Washington D.C. at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME

Oct-Jan                 Après Eden, The Walther Collection, Maison Rouge, Paris.


2015


Dec                         CONTEXT Art Miami, Axis Gallery.

Dec                         Rolex Arts Weekend, Centro Cultural del Bosque, Mexico DF. Installation and  dialogue with Olafur  Eliasson

Oct                          1:54, London, Axis Gallery.

June-Oct                 Africa, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

July- Nov                 Beauté Congo, Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

June—Oct 2015      Künstliche Tatsachen/Boundry Objects, curated by Sophie Golz, Kuntshaus Dresden, Germany

May–Nov                  All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor, 56th International Venice Biennale 2015, Venice, Italy

May–Nov                 Personne et les autres, Vincent Meessen & Guests, exhibition for the Belgian Pavilion, curated by Katarina Gregos,

                                56th International Venice Biennale 2015, Italy

May—Oct                Tech 4 Change, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway, curated by Mari F. Sundet. 3 May to October 18, 2015

May                         1:54 NY, Axis Gallery, New York

April-May                 Beastly/Tierisch, Fotomuseum Wnterhur, Winterhur, Switzerland

April-June                Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive. Part II: Contemporary Reconfigurations, African

                                 Photography from the Walther Collection, C/O, Berlin, Germany.

                                 Odyssées Africaines, Bare faced, a collaboration with Lazara Rosell (Cuba), Brass Centre Culturel de Forest,

                                 Brussels, Belgium

March- Sep               Visibles /Invisibles: L’Afriques urbaine et ses marches, Fondation Blanchere, Paris France.

Feb-April                  Spatial Stories: Topographies of Change in Africa, Center for Visual Art, Michigan State University, Denver.


2014

Nov-Jan ’15            Wir Zind Alle Berliner:1884-2014, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin.

Aug-Sep                 Hunting and Collecting: Sammy Baloji. MuZee, Oostende, Belgium. Solo exhibition.

April-Sep                 Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa organized by Smithsonian National Museum

                               of African Art, Washington D.C. at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, CA

Jan-Mar                  When Harmony went to Hell” Congo Dialogues: Sammy Baloji and Seeley Harris. Autograph ABP, London, UK,

       

2013

Nov                        Vues des Likasi, Biennale La Otra, Bogota, Columbia.

Jun-Sep                 Present Tense, Gulbenkian Foundation Delegation, Lisbon and Paris.

April                       Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa Smithsonian National Museum of African Art,

                               Washington D.C.

2012-13                 Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive. Part II: Contemporary Reconfigurations,

                              The Walther Collection Project Space, New York

April - June           NO LIMIT 2, une œuvre / un artiste : Sammy Baloji, Mohamed El baz, James Webb. Galerie Imane Farès, Paris.


2012

May                      Kolwezi, Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, (KVS), Brussels, Belgium

Jan                      The Beautiful Time in Lubumbashi: Photography by Sammy Baloji, curated by Bogumil Jewsiewicki

                            and organized by the Museum for African Art, New York, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s Focus

                            Gallery, Washington, D.C.

                            Environment and Object in Recent African Art, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont.


2011

Sep-Dec               Environment and Object in Recent African Art, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University,

                             Richmond, Virginia.

Oct-Feb 12           Infinite Balance. Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego. October 11 2011 - February 5, 2012.

July-Oct                Contested Terrains, Tate Modern, Bankside, United Kingdom.

May -Sep             Congo Farwest, Artists in Residence: Sammy Baloji and Patrick Mudekereza. Royal Museum for Africa,                    

                             Tervuren, Brussels, Belgium.

April                      ARS 11, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland. Group show

Mar-April              Possible Cities; Africa in Photography and Video. Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, PA. Group Show

Jan                       Artist Residency, Royal Museum for Africa, Tervuren, Brussels, Belgium.

Jan-Aug               Environment and Object in Recent African Art, Frances Young Tang Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College,

                             Saratoga Springs, NY. Traveling group show 2010


2010

Dec                      Mémoire, ALE School of Fine Arts & Design of the Addis Ababa University, in the framework of the first edition

                            of ADDIS FOTO FEST, Ethiopia

Sep                      Performance and projection in collaboration with Pytshens Kambilo and the women of  Makwacha. Festival

                            des Accroche-Coeurs, Angers, France.

Aug-Sep              Mémoire ihkv Allez Congo! Vlaams Cultuurhuis: De Brakke Grond in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund.

June-July             Mémoire. Dilston Grove in partnership with Autograph ABP, London, UK. Solo show.

                            For reviews click here: Telegraph.UK and TimeOut.UK

May-June            104 /Cent Quatre, Paris, France. Artist Residency.

May                     U.M.H.K. 2008, 14’33, a component of IN/FLUX, a compilation of experimental film by artists from Africa. presented at

                            the New Museum on May 13, 2010 in the 17th New York African Film Festival, in association with Axis Gallery.

                            IN/FLUX is a collaboration between SPARCK, and LOWAVE FILMS, curated by Cedric Vincent and Dominique Malaquais.

Mar-April             The Beautiful Time in Lubumbashi: Photography by Sammy Baloji, curated by Bogumil Jewsiewicki, organized by

                            the Museum for African Art, New York. Solo museum show.

Jan-Mar               Vues de Likasi, Contact Gallery, Toronto. Solo show.


2009

Sep                    Vues de Likasi Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Canada

Sep                    Mémoire, Périfériks, Art Center of Neuchatel Switzerland

July-Sept           Mémoire Casa Africa, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

July                    Mémoire Arles projection, Prix Pictet 2009

July                    Avenida Vladimir Lenine Panafrican Festival in Algiers, Algeria (Collaboration with Luis Lage, vice-director of the Faculty

                           of Architecture at the University Eduardo Mondlane, and Mauro Pinto, Mozambican photographer.)

April                    Body and Mask. Royal Museum for Central Africa, (through January 3, 2010), Tervuren, Belgium. Multimedia exhibition

                           on the body and mask in collaboration with the Fondation Jean-Paul Blachere and the Royal  Museum for Central

                           Africa (Tervuren, Belgium) (June 2007) & Apt, France

April                    Mémoire Art Fair in Beijing (2009), China

April                    Mémoire Art Fair in Johannesburg Art Fair, South Africa

Feb-May             Mémoire Center for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona, Spain

Jan-Mar              Mémoire Ifa Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany



2008

Nov-Dec              Mémoire MC2A (Cultural Migration Aquitaine Africa), Bordeaux, France

Oct-Nov               U.M.H.K., 2008, 14 ' (video)

                            Subject: Union Miniere du Haut Katanga [Mining Union of Upper Katanga]. Shown: Invideo (International Exhibition

                            of video and cinema beyond Milan, Italy. Festival "The Messenger" (Oct), Cultuurcentrum, Bruges, Belgium

Oct                      Mémoire Blachere Foundation, Apt, France

Oct                      Mémoire Ifa Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Oct                      Mémoire Getxophoto, Festival International de la Photo Gexto, Spain

Oct                      Mémoire, 2006, 14 ' Film concerning the politicians, governors, and workers amid the ruins of the former economic

                           powerhouse of the DRC (produced in collaboration with Faustin Linyekula, choreographer and dancer). Kabako Studio.

                           Festival "The Messenger" Cultuurcentrum, Bruges, Belgium

June                    Vues de Likasi Piché, Dating image, Indoor Star, Lubumbashi, DRC

May-June            Mémoire Museum of Fine Arts in Yokohama, Japan

April-June            Mémoire Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Fez, Morocco

April                     Mémoire Art Brussels, Contemporary Art Fair in Brussels, Belgium

March                  Vues de Likasi French Cultural Center in Kinshasa, DRC

January               Vues de Likasi Kinshasa, DRC French Cultural Center in Pointe-Noire, Pointe-Noire, Congo


2007

Dec                     Mémoire 7th Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali

Nov                     Mémoire, 2006, 14 ' Film

Oct-Nov              Mémoire, Photoquai 2007, First World Views Biennial, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

Oct                     Vues de Likasi, Cultural Center Franco-Mozambican Maputo, Mozambique

Sep-Oct              Mémoire, Yambi 2007, a cultural program of international cooperation, organized by the French Community of Belgium,

                           Brussels, Belgium

July                     Mémoire, Théâtre Le Tarmac de la Villette, Paris, France

Mar-May              Vues de Likasi CAPE07: Contemporary African Culture, Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

Mar-April              Avenida Vladimir Lenine Franco-Mozambican Cultural Center, Maputo, Mozambique (Collaboration with Luis Lage,

                           vice-director of the Faculty of Architecture at the University Eduardo Mondlane, and Mauro Pinto, Mozambican

                           photographer).

                           Avenida Vladimir Lenine, 2007, 9 ' Experimental video, day and night on Vladimir Lenin Avenue in Maputo. Shown:

                           Documentary Film Festival, Maputo, Mozambique; Franco-Mozambican Cultural Center Maputo, Mozambique


2006

Dec-                    Mémoire, 2006, 14’, video of the politicians, governors, and workers amid the ruins of the former economic powerhouse

                            of the DRC (produced in collaboration with Faustin Linyekula, choreographer and dancer). Kabako Studio. Shown:

                            Festival "The Messenger" (Oct 2008), Cultuurcentrum, Bruges, Belgium and Festival of African cinema, (Nov 2007),

                            Apt, France; Documentary Film Festival Dockanema (Sep 2007), Maputo, Mozambique; Yambi 2007, a cultural program

                            of international cooperation, organized by the French Community of Belgium (Sep-Oct 2007), Brussels, Belgium;

                            Festival International du Film d'Aubagne (Mar 2007),

Dec                      Mémoire photographs at the House Science and Man, Paris, France

Dec                      Mémoire photographs at the Royal Flemish Theater, Brussels, Belgium

Sep-Nov              The Dialogue Series: iii. Dinozord A video insert for a dance performance, representing the dream life of Kisangani

                            inhabitants after the trauma of war (following a residency at Studios Kabako with Faustin Linyekula for the creation of

                            the contemporary dance entitled The Dialogue Series: iii. Dinozord (September-November 2006), Kisangani, DRC.

                            Shown: Festival d'Avignon (July 2007), Avignon, France; Springdance Festival (April 2007), Utrecht, Holland; New

                            Crowned Hope (December 2006), Vienna, Austria; National Theater Fleming (KVS) (December 2006); Brussels,

                            Belgium.

Sep-Oct               Lubumbashi Wantashi Exhibition of 10 photographs of the city of Lubumbashi, component of the exhibition "When

                            Africa is exposed in pictures," staged in four venues in the 20th arrondissement, Paris, France

Mar-April              Vues de Likasi Le Cambre Architecture, "Traces,” Espace d'Architecture de la Cambre, Brussels, Belgium, Aubagne,

                            France;

                            CAPE07: Contemporary African Culture, Iziko South African Museum (March-May 2007), Cape Town, South Africa;

                            National Theater Fleming (December 2006), Brussels, Belgium


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS


Afrique-Asie:  Arts, Espaces, Pratiques. Dominique Malaquais and Nicole Khouri. Presses Universitaires De Rouen et du Havre. 2016

Suturing the City: Living together in Congo’s Urban Worlds. Filip de Boeck & Sammy Baloji. Autograph ABP, London. 2016

Hunting & Collecting - Sammy Baloji. Edited by Lotte Arndt & Asger Taiaksev. MuZee. 2016

Congo Art Works: Popular Painting, Bambi Ceuppens and Sammy Baloji. Royal Museum for Central Africa, 2016

Afrique-Asie:  Arts, Espaces, Pratiques. Dominique Malaquais and Nicole Khouri. Presses Universitaires De Rouen et du Havre. 2016

Personne et les autres, Katrina Gregos & Vincent Meesen, Eds. The Belgian Pavilion, 56th International Venice Biennale.

Mémoire / Kolwezi - Sammy Baloji (DRC). Africalia asbl/vzw and Stichting Kunstboek, 2014.

Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. 2013

In/Flux, Vol. II. 2013. DVD. Featuring . Mémoire, 2007, 14'06. Sparck and Lowave Films.

Congo Farwest, Artists in Residence: Sammy Baloji and Patrick Mudekereza. Royal Museum for Africa, Tervuren, Brussels, Belgium. 2011.

Environment and Object in Recent African Art, Frances Young Tang Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. 2011.

Bogumil Jewsiewicki. The Beautiful Time in Lubumbashi: Photography by Sammy Baloji, Museum for African Art, New York. 2010.

In/Flux, Vol. I. 2010. DVD. Featuring U.M.H.K. 2008, 14’33. Sparck and Lowave Films.

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