Sammy Baloji

Panorama Star of Congo (1912)

Cinema Galeries
  • 23/05 | 20:00

Dissent! is a series of conversations on cinema and politics. As part of both his exhibition at WIELS and the screening of Pungulume, Sammy Baloji is presenting Panorama Star of Congo (1912), the first film about the ‘geological scandal’ in Katanga. He will talk about the relationship between the exploitation of land and labourers and the exploitation of images and discourse. How can one arrive at an archaeology and anthropology of one’s own past and present?

See also
Urban Now: City Life in Congo
Artist talk

DISSENT! is an initiative of
Courtisane, Auguste Orts and Argos, in the framework of the research project 'Figures of Dissent' (KASK/Hogent), with support of the Flemish authorities

In collaboration with
WIELS, Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), Cinema Galeries, Kunstenfestivaldesarts

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Sammy Baloji (b. 1978, Democratic Republic of Congo) lives and works in Lubumbashi and Brussels. Ethnography, architecture and urbanism are key thematic focuses of Baloji’s artistic practice, which brings together photography, video, and archival documents relating to colonial history. His reading of the Congolese past is a way of analyzing African identity today, through the prism of the different political systems that our society has experienced. In 2010 Baloji founded the Picha (‘Image’ in Swahili) non-profit organization as part of a collective initiative, which organizes the Rencontres Picha Biennial in Lubumbashi and supports the development of local artistic practices.

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