Urban Now: City Life in Congo


Sammy Baloji, Dilapidated pedestrian bridge along the Boulevard Lumumba, municipality of Masina, March 2013

Urban Now: City Life in Congo

November 1, 2016 – July 14, 2017
Open Society Foundations
224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019 

Nov 1, 2016
Book Launch
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds
Published by Autograph ABP (2016)
Artist Talk
Moderated by Vyjayanthi Rao, Director of Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research, New York

6:00 – 7:00pm
Exhibition Preview
Urban Now: City Life in Congo
Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck
Exhibition organized by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre
in partnership with the Open Society Documentary Photography Project 

7:00pm – 9:00pm
Opening Reception  

For press inquiries, please contact: rebecca.beyer@opensocietyfoundations.org


Sammy Baloji, Pungulume, 2016 (video still). Single channel video with 3 channel audio

Wednesday, November 2, 2016:
Columbia University
612 Schermerhorn Hall
116th & Broadway

7:00 – 9.30 pm
Focus on “Urban Now” / with Sammy Baloji & Filip de Boeck

Introduction by Z.S. Strother, Riggio Professor of African Art, Columbia, University

Screening of
Pungulume (2016) by Sammy Baloji (31:21)

 Conversation with Sammy Baloji and Filip de Boeck
Moderated by Giulia Paoletti, 
co-curator of The Expanded Subject: New Perspectives in Photographic Portraiture from Africa, on view at the Wallach Art Gallery through December 10, 2016

Screening of
The Tower: A Concrete Utopia (2016) by Sammy Baloji & Filip de Boeck (1:10:19)

Presented by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University Dept. of Art History & Archeology,  Axis Gallery, and the Open Society Foundations. Urban Now: City Life in Congo will be open to the public at Open Society Foundations—New York through July 13, 2017. Previously exhibited at the WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Urban Now will travel to the Power Plant in Toronto and Galerias Municipais/EGEAC in Lisbon.

Installation images from the Power Plant, Toronto. © Toni Hafkenscheid