Sammy Baloji was born in 1978 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, where he still lives and works. After graduating in Literature and Human Sciences at the University of Lubumbashi, he started out doing cartoons and then turned to video and photography. At the beginning, he focussed his work on ethnography and body expressiveness. Later he has become interested in the cultural heritage of Katanga, his province, and particularly in its colonial architecture. He has taken part into many different projects and his films and photos have been shown in several international exhibitions.