Baudouin Mouanda

The Sapeurs of Bacongo

Congo’s sapeurs are followers of the code of ‘SAPE’: standing for the French phrase, Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (‘Society of Ambiance Makers and Elegant People’), it is a style movement modeled on the Parisian gentleman of the 1960s. Emphasizing not only a refined fashion sense, but also a code of respect for such values as morality, non-violence, and freedom of speech, only those who adhere to this code are accepted as sapeurs. Baudouin Mouanda (born 1981, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo) won the Young Talent Award at the 2009 African Photography Biennial for his works depicting the sapeurs, which have since intrigued viewers around the world. His first solo exhibition in Japan will be accompanied by a show combining image projection with African music.


Baudouin Mouanda , The ‘sapeurs’ of Bacongo, 2008 © Baudoin Mouanda

⑭Murakamijyu Building (B1) *projection only

194 Sendo-cho, Shijo-Sagaru, Nishikiyamachi-Dori, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto, 600-8019
Hankyu Line “Kawaramachi Station” 1 min. on foot from exit 1,2
Keihan Lion” 3 mne “Gion-Shijo Statiin. on foot from exit 3

OPEN:11:00-20:00(May 10th, closed at 19:00)
CLOSED:April 22nd

Admission Fee:Adults, Students (University, High school students) 500 yen

[Related program]

Photo call out: Le Rêve (The Dream) 4/18 9:00-10:30
Artist talk and Photo-Call Out 4/19 13:00 – 14:30

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