Film Screening & In Conversation
Sammy Baloji: Mémoire

Thursday, 27 February 2014 6.30pm

Rivington Place

London, UK

Past event

Join us for a screening of Sammy Baloji’s video Mémoire (2007, 14min), followed by a panel discussion with Elvira Dyangani Ose (Curator, International Art, Tate Modern), Adelaide Bannerman (Archive Coordinator, Autograph ABP and independent curator) and Renée Mussai (Curator, Autograph ABP).

Mémoire is a an artist film addressing colonial violence, shattered dreams of independence and the postcolonial political fallout that exists within the current Democratic Republic of Congo. Mémoire is a beautifully crafted and abstracted video produced in collaboration with Congolese performance artist Faustin Linyekula, set against the ruins of a post industrial landscape and soundtrack of successive leaders (Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Kasa‐Vubu, Mobutu Sese Seko and Laurent‐Désiré Kabila), promising political and economic renewal.

Part of the exhibition

What the press says

The soft movements of the dancer, which are one minute strong and full of hope, and the next become dwarfed and fragile like a trapped bird, are mesmerising.

The Telegraph

Speaker biographies

Elvira Dyangani Ose is Curator of International Art, Tate Modern, Supported by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. She is currently curating the on-going series ‘Across the board’ and has co-curated the exhibition Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist. She is an art and architecture historian, currently completing a PhD in History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University, New York. She is also Artistic Director of Rencontres Picha de Lubumbashi 2012/2013, the third edition of the Biennale.

Adelaide Bannerman is a curator, living and working in London. She is currently the Archive Coordinator for Autograph ABP's HLF funded heritage project,The Missing Chapter. Prior to this, for the last fifteen years she has worked predominantly as a project manager for organisations that have included: International Curators Forum (ICF), Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), African and Asian Visual Artists Archive (AAVAA), Live Art Development Agency, and Arts Council England. Bannerman’s curatorial research interests are focused on privileging the performative gestures and engagements with live and visual performance art.

Renée Mussai is Curator and Head of Archive at Autograph ABP, where she works across a global programme of exhibition, publishing and research initiatives. Over the past ten years she has organised numerous exhibition projects internationally, including mostly recently, a solo retrospective of Rotimi Fani-Kayode at Iziko National Gallery of South Africa (2014), and - together with Mark Sealy MBE - When Harmony Went to Hell: Congo Dialogues, Alice Seeley Harries and Sammy Baloji, currently on show at Rivington Place. Between 2009-13, she was non-resident fellow and guest curator at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Mussai is a PhD candidate in Art History at University College London (UCL).

Booking information

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Directions to Rivington Place

Rivington Place

Tubes: Old Street/Liverpool Street/Shoreditch High St
Buses: 43/48/55/205241/271 stop nearby

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  • Sammy Baloji, film still from Mémoire, 2010
  • Rivington Place, London. Photo: Pattercutter, 2012