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Sammy Baloji, untitled, 2013, ink-jet print, 16 x 23 7/8". From the series “The Album,” 2013.

Sammy Baloji and Alice Seeley Harris

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Sammy Baloji, untitled, 2013, ink-jet print, 16 x 23 7/8". From the series “The Album,” 2013.

TIM AND SPACE are out of joint: This is the first sensation that confronts us when we look at an untitled work by Sammy Baloji from 2013, one of the photomontages composing that year’s series “The Album,” which was at the center of the first-ever UK show focused on the Congolese artist. In the work, three porters, photographed in black-and-white, hold up a large stork, stretching out the bird’s voluminous wings and drawing its head upright, presenting what must be a hunting trophy to the camera. The men all wear fez-like caps with long-sleeved white shirts and knee-length trousers, the defining uniform of colonized servants, tipping us off to the image’s provenance: an archive of documents dating from 1911–13, when what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo was under the Belgian flag. But this is no sepia-toned hagiography, for the men occupy an acidly colored landscape at

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