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Pungulume (installation)

Sammy Baloji

video, color, 16:9, Sanga spoken, English subtitles, BE, 2016, 29’

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 on, 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.

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

Pungulume (installation) has been on display at the following locations:

Cité internationale des arts Paris, (FR) Jun 3–Jul 13 2022 Hofas Yard Cultural Center Klaipeda, (LT) Thursday, Aug 12 2021 Amphitheatre / Community House Nida, (LT) Thursday, Aug 5 2021 MO Museum Vilnius, (LT) Wednesday, Jul 21 2021 International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Salzburg, (AT) Jul 24–Aug 17 2019 Confucius Institute Nürnberg, (DE) Jun 5–Jul 27 2019 Ecole Centrale-Marseille Marseille, (FR) Thursday, Apr 4 2019 FIAC Paris, (FR) Friday, Oct 19 2018 Galeria Avenida da India Lisbon, (PT) Mar 24–Jun 17 2018 1x1 Art Gallery Dubai, (AE) Nov 9–Dec 7 2017 Videobrasil São Paulo, (BR) Oct 3 2017–Jan 14 2018 The Power Plant Toronto, (CA) Sep 29–Dec 31 2017 Museum for Contemporary Art Leipzig, (DE) Jun 1–Sep 24 2017 Media Art Biennale WRO Wroclaw, (PL) May 17–May 21 2017 FM Centre for Contemporary Art Milano, (IT) Mar 30–Jun 3 2017 Les Rencontres Internationales Paris, (FR) Mar 13–Mar 19 2017 Stuttgarter Filmwinter Stuttgart, (DE) Jan 21–Jan 22 2017 Wallach Art Gallery of Columbia University New York, (US) Wednesday, Nov 2 2016 Open Society Foundation New York, (US) Nov 1 2016–Jul 14 2017 WIELS Brussel, (BE) May 8–Aug 14 2016