Sammy Baloji

video, color, 16:9, Sanga spoken, English subtitles, BE, 2016, 32'

The town of Fungurume is situated in the province of Katanga (D.R. Congo) and the hills and mountains surrounding Fungurume form one of the world’s largest copper and cobalt deposits. In pre-colonial times the area was already a major centre in the copper trading network that ran across Central Africa. Today the mountains have become the property of the American Tenke Fungurume Mining consortium (TFM). From 2009 onward, TFM’s mining activities have been in full swing, causing the resettlement of thousands of local Sanga inhabitants. Pungulume focuses on Sanga chief Mpala and his court elders while they are rendering the oral history of the Sanga people, against the backdrop of the industrial destruction of the landscape that anchors Sanga memory and identity. (Filip De Boeck)

Pungulume was made in the context of Suturing the City, a collaborative project by Filip De Boeck & Sammy Baloji and exists as a 3-images installation and a 1-image video projection.

Concept Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck
Camera Sammy Baloji
Sound recording Filip De Boeck
Editing Sébastien Demeffe
Sound mixing Frédéric Furnelle
With land chief Mpala Swanange Pascal Musenge and his court elders
Produced by Auguste Orts
Co-produced by Atelier Graphoui
With the support of the Flemish authorities, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Fondation Fernand Willame, WIELS, Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (IARA, KUL) & Gabriele Salmi


Has recently been on display at the following locations:

Videoex Zurich (CH), Jun 2 Amakula International Film Festival Kampala (UG), Mar 15 Festival International Jean Rouch Paris (FR), Nov 12, 2017 European Parliament Brussel (BE), Sep 28, 2017 Images Toronto (CA), Apr 23, 2017 Open Society Foundation New York (US), Nov 1, 2016 – Jul 14, 2017