Born in 1978 in Lubumbashi (Congo), Sammy Baloji is a visual artist and photographer, co-founder of Rencontres Picha, a photography and video biennial in Lubumbashi. Sammy Baloji participated in the African Photography Meetings in Bamako in 2007, the Lyon Biennale in 2015, the Venice Biennale in 2015, the Photoquai Festival at the Quai-Branly Museum in 2015, the Dakar Biennale in 2016 and the 14th edition of Documenta in 2017. His works have been exhibited at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, at the Kunstmuseum aan zee in Oostende, at the Tate Modern in London, at the Africa Center in New York and at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC. He has received several awards, notably from the Prince Claus Foundation in the Netherlands, and the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie in Bamako and the Dakar Biennale. He won the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative award in 2014. Since 2005, he has explored the memory and history of the Democratic Republic of Congo. His work is a perpetual research around the cultural, architectural and...
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