Sammy Baloji D. R. Congo

Sammy profile

Sammy Baloji is a prodigiously talented young photographer whose work shines a powerful spotlight on contemporary Congolese reality. Infused with provocative attention to detail and a depth of intellectual content, Baloji's work interrogates abuse of power and its legacy, revealing the devastating impact that exploitative cultures have on both society and the environment. Sammy Baloji is awarded for his highly original inscription of the painful history of human and environmental exploitation into the present-day landscape, for bringing Congo's current realities to an international platform, for his important contribution to the memory of the Congo providing a new reading of the present, and for his challenging demonstration that development can only be realised after duly taking into account the traumas of the past.

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