Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck : Urban Now – City Life in Congo

Open Society Foundation, New York, United States
01 Nov 2016 - 14 Jul 2017

Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck : Urban Now – City Life in Congo

A dilapidated pedestrian Bridge sits along the Boulevard Lumumba in the Tshangu District of Kinshasa in 2013, © Sammy Baloji/Courtesy of Axis Gallery, New York and Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project presents the exhibition Urban Now: City Life in Congo.

This exhibition by photographer Sammy Baloji and anthropologist Filip De Boeck offers an exploration of different urban sites in Congo, through the media of photography and video. Focusing on the “urban now,” a moment suspended between the broken dreams of a colonial past and the promises of neoliberal futures, the exhibition offers an artistic and ethnographic investigation of what living—and living together—might mean in Congo’s urban worlds.

Organized in partnership with WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Urban Now: City Life in Congo marks the start of the Open Society Documentary Photography Project’s redesigned exhibition program, which will now alternate between shows organized in partnership with other institutions and curators, and the ongoing Moving Walls photography series. It also marks the start of a yearlong look at the topic of urbanization through theDocumentary Photography Project’s exhibition program.

Urban Now: City Life in Congo will be open to the public at Open Society Foundations—New York through July 14, 2017. Afterward, the exhibition will travel to the Power Plant in Toronto and Galerias Municipais/EGEAC in Lisbon.




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