Sammy Baloji (b. 1978, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo) is a conceptual photographer from whose works explore the culture, architecture, and the material heritage of the Katanga region of DRC, questioning the narratives of colonialism by exploring archives, among them at the Musée royal de l’Afrique centrale in Tervuren. His employment of photographic documentation in his celebrated series of photomontages has gained him widespread international recognition.
Baloji received a Bachelor degree in Literature and Human science at the University of Lubumbashi. Since the beginning of his studies, he has been interested in film. Later on, he actively dedicated himself to photography and film.
Baloji lives and works between Lubumbashi and Brussels.
Lázara Rosell Albear (b. 1971, Cuba) is a Cuban-Belgian artist with a cross-medial practice, ranging from the research of sound and performance to the production of events and films. She explores movement, migration, transformation, interactivity and its effects on the human condition through a mix-media approach using dance, music, and theater. Albear strives for a contrapuntal togetherness and total immersion in her performances – both on the inside and outside.
In 2000, Albear received a Master in Medium Film from the School of Arts (KASK) at University College Gent in the Netherlands. She currently lives and works in Brussels.
'Bare-Faced' is a transdisciplinary three-part project consisting of experimental video, photography and performance. Sammy Baloji & Lázara Rosell Albear’s collaboration marks an attempt to overcome the divisions imposed by colonial history, which obscures the intrinsic connection between peoples of the African diaspora in the Americas and the root cultures they emerged from. Started in 2011, their joint project signifies a fruitful meeting of two artists from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cuba in search of a common history and its imprint in contemporary culture.