Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo's Urban Worlds


This book offers an ethnographic and photographic investigation into the complex meanings of living - and living together - in Congo's urban worlds today. The authors, anthropologist Filip De Boeck and photographer Sammy Baloji, take the reader on a tour of specific urban sites in Kinshasa and beyond. They examine how, amid the chaos of a decaying colonial legacy and the unfulfilled promises of neo-liberal futures, certain sites emerge as suturing points where the possibilities of collective urban action and dreams of a shared future continue to be explored. This publication is published by Autograph ABP, London in association with WIELS, Brussels and The Power Plant, Toronto. It accompanies the exhibition Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck – Urban Now: City Life in Congo on view at The Power Plant in Fall 2017, curated by Devrim Bayar (WIELS, Brussels). The Exhibition is initiated by WIELS, in collaboration with The Power Plant, Toronto; The Open Society Foundations, New York; and Galerias Municipais/EGEAC, Lisbon.

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Product Information

  • Author(s): Filip De Boeck, Sammy Baloji
  • Editor: The Power Plant
  • Publisher: Autograph ABP, London; Galerie Imane Farès, Paris; WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; The Power Plant, Toronto.
  • Year: 2016
  • ISBN: 13-978-1-899282-19-7
  • Pages: 328
  • Illustrations: Colour
  • Dimensions: 26cm x 21cm x 4cm
  • Availability: In Stock