Sammy Baloji – "These images became like testimonies"

Meet the artist documenting hidden histories of Congo through photographic archives

Photography arrived in Congo, or even in Africa, through colonial expeditions and photography helped a lot to create this image of ‘the other’ or the savage or the foreigner… I wonder myself, as an African, or as a Congolese, how am I able produce a new narrative with the same medium?

Sammy Baloji

Artist Sammy Baloji grew up in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an area shaped by the exploitation of both human and natural resources, particularly through mining.

In this short video, step inside his studio in Brussels, Belgium, and find out more about how he uses photographic archives to unpick this complex history, and document complex legacies of colonialism.

Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor

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