Sammy Baloji, AAD partnering artist for the project ‘Women for Water “, is exhibiting at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. until January 6, 2013.
As part of the exhibition “The Beautiful Time: Photography by Sammy Baloji”, the Congolese photographer and videographer explores the time when the labor of Congolese built a thriving mining industry in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. After independence the country in the 1960s, this industry has deteriorated considerably following numerous management problems. Baloji’s collages and photographs gather images of past and present in order to question the meaning of memory.
Exclusively for AAD, Sammy Baloji unveils his new series which he has worked on since 2009. This work is a continuation of the series “Memories” by highlighting the new Chinese economic presence in this mining region. At the same time, he presents photographs of young minors in the region of Kolvézi looking for a big gold nugget and kitsch photomontages, created in Lubumbashi by the Chinese community and which have become very popular in Katanga.
The project “Women for Water”, for which Sammy Baloji is the partnering artist, is about to come to an end. The drilling of the last two wells began and the pumps will be installed soon, with all work scheduled to be completed at the end of February 2012. In nearly a month, 4000 villagers in Makwacha and Mwaiseni will finally have access to safe drinking water.