In Swahili, Baloji originally means "man of science", but during the colonial era this transformed into "man of occult sciences", and into "sorcerer" today. This name, as a heavy burden to bear, has been transformed through his work, shaping an eye for surrealism and magic realism.
As a musician he has released two critical acclaim albums and two EP, the latest gold certificated Avenue Kaniama, released by Bella Union records (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes).
As a filmmaker, he is currently finishing his first feature film and original soundtrack Augure. He is developing several new films, a VR experience and different art installations. He has previously directed six shorts such as Zombies (winner prize at Oberhausen Short Film Festival 2019, best short on MUBI 2020, Clermont-Ferrand short film festival, London Film Festival, Locarno 2019, and many more).
As a visual artist, he is working on exhibitions and multidisciplinary art installations, among which are in Bordeaux/Basse-Sous Marine and Art Basel Miami/2022.
(all short) Kaniama Show (2018), Peau de Chagrin/Bleu de nuit (2018), Zombies (2019), Never Look at the Sun (2019)
Baloji at IFFR
Anti-Muse tells the story of an endangered sisterhood called The Divines, a cloistered community of black women that live between the tropical plants of the Belgian Royal Greenhouses. Today is a special day: it’s the summer solstice procession. With their unique art and dance rituals based on ancient central-African traditions, they claim the public space and their past and thus a new future.
A Congolese barbershop breaks out into an ecstatic hybrid of fashion film, music video and social critique about our obsession with selfies and social media.
Le taxi, le cinéma et moi
A portrait of auteur Drissa Touré and an essay on the limits on Sub-Saharan cinema during the 90s.