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Sammy BalojiBorn in 1978 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Lives and works in Lubumbashi, DRC.

An arts and science graduate of Lubumbashi University, Sammy Bajoli was first interested in comic strips before turning to photography and video. He has worked on ‘architecture as trace’, realising photo-reportages on the cultural, industrial and architectural heritage of his region, Katanga. He has exhibited in various international events, such as the Katanga Biennale, Paris Photo 2011, and also at the Tate Modern, Cape Biennale and Addis Photo Fest in Ethiopia. The Beautiful Time in Katanga, his first personal exhibition in the United States, was presented in 2010 at the Museum for African Art in New York, then in 2012 at the Smithsonian in Washington.

He received two awards during the 2007 Bamako Biennale, and in 2009, Baloji received the Prince Claus Fund Award. He is also involved in Rencontres Picha, a biennale of arts of the image, in Lubumbashi, whose third edition will take place in October 2012. His work is represented in public and private collections, among which the Smithsonian, Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), Musée du Quai Branly, Musée des Confluences and the Arthur Walther Collection.

Sammy Baloji presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles 2012, he has been nominated by John Fleetwood for the Discovery Award: “KOLWEZI”, Sammy Baloji in Arles.

Portrait: Sammy Baloji. Courtesy of Marie Françoise Plissart.