Baudouin Mouanda / Congo Brazzaville

Born in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, Baudouin Mouanda began his photographic journey in 1993 when his father offered him his first camera.

He immediately turned away from the conformism and classic photography to focus on the history of his country and the aftermath of repeated wars that have plunged the Congo.

Voted best photographer by the jury of the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa, then rewarded at the 5th Games of the Francophonie in Niger in 2003, Baudouin Mouanda acquires recognition as a young talented photographer.

In 2009, he won the Young Talent Award at the African Photography Biennial for his works depicting the Sapeurs (which stands for the Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes), band of Congolese men who turn the art of dressing into a cultural statement.

The photo series named “Les Sapeurs de Bacongo” is his most famous work to date and has generated tremendous interest from institutions and collectors around the world.

The artist collaborates with many newspapers, among which Jeune Afrique, Le Monde, VSD…

His photographs have integrated several collections including Contemporary African Art Collection by Jean Pigozzi, Blachère Foundation…

He is one of the most promising photographers of the African Continent.