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Twenty Nine Studio / Sammy Baloji

Aequare: the Future that Never Was

  • TUE - SUN
    20/05 > 30/09
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/10 > 26/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Sammy Baloji (Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1978)
Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium and Lubumbashi, Democratica Republic of the Congo


Sammy Baloji’s contribution to The Laboratory of the Future is deployed in three chapters. Each addresses the dematerialisation of the landscape and the delocalisation of precolonial social systems through colonial action.
The first chapter consists of a projection of a film made in and around the Yangambi agricultural centre, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The film combines archival footage with images from the artist, made as part of his recent field research. The second chapter consists of archival documents and travel notes from Indonesia collected by agronomists and architects of the Belgian government. The purpose of these observation trips was to apply the architectural and agricultural techniques of the Belgian state in its colony, the Belgian Congo. The third chapter focuses on the Belgian architect Henry Lacoste and his project for the Belgian Pavilion at the 1935 World Fair.


Authorial collaborators
Johan Lagae and the University of Ghent, Sandrine Colard
Technical collaborators
Kristof Vervoort, Toon Monballieu (Model: Stielatelier); Luca Mattei (Video); Florian Girault (Vitrines); Myrna D’Ambrosio, Arno Huygens (Graphic Design)
Rosa Spaliviero, Estelle Lecaille, Marek Szponik, Juliette Hourcourigaray, Minne De Meyer Engelbeen
With the additional support of
KANAL Centre Pompidou, Galerie Imane Farès, FW-B (Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles), WBI (Wallonie-Bruxelles International)

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