Born in 1978 in Lubumbashi in Democratic Congo, Sammy Baloji is a photographer and a video artist. Since some time, his artwork explores the architectural and industrial cultural heritage of Katanga. He participated in different international exhibitions such as the Biennale of Bamako, Biennale of Cap and at Tate Modern in the exhibition Contested Terrains. The Beautiful Time in Katanga, a soloshow in the United States was presented in 2010 at the Museum for African Art (NY), and in 2012/2013 at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.
His work is collected in many public and private institutions such as the Smithsonian, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, and the Quai Branly in Paris, Musée des Confluences, Lyon, Arthur Walther Collection. He reflects on the notion of memory and the consequences of colonisation.