london: baudouin mouanda

baudouin mouanda is an award-winning photographer from congo. he currently has a solo exhibition, his very first in the u.k., at gasworks. focusing on the subcultures of urban congo, his amazing images offer a detailed insight into the shifting aspirations of young people in that country. on display are various photo series that document these aspirations, the main one being la sapologie. this series zooms in on the so-called sapeurs - members of the s.a.p.e. fashion community - that have have emerged in african and diasporic communities over the past 25 years, and who are often read as a post-colonial, 'globalised' take on the parisian dandies of the late 18th and early 19th century [on through sep 18]. location: 155 vauxhall street [lambeth].
© baudouin mouanda - photo from the la sapologie series [2008]