The Beautiful Time: Photography by Sammy Baloji

January 7, 2012 – January 6, 2013

National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, Northeast Wing, African Voices Focus Gallery Floor Plan

Congolese photographer and videographer Sammy Baloji explores the “beautiful time” when the labor of hardworking Congolese built a flourishing copper mining industry in what is now the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Following independence in the 1960s, this industry suffered greatly under mismanagement by corrupt governments. Baloji’s collages and photographs bring together images from the past and the present day to interrogate the meaning of memory.