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Born in Lubumbashi, the photographer Sammy Baloji lives and works in Brussels. He started with comics before turning to photography. He won the ‘Afrique en création’ award at the 7th African Photography Encounters in Bamako, and the Prince Claus Culture and Development Award for his work ‘Mémoire’.
For several years now, he has been exploring architecture and the human body as traces of social history, sites of memory in his region, Katanga.
This installation ‘Tales of the Copper Cross Garden’ is a video that documents the hypnotic process at work in a copper plant. To the images of metal are juxtaposed the songs of a young boys’ choir and writings on the role of the Church in the colonial enterprise.