Baudouin Mouanda

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Baudouin Mouanda

Baudouin Mouanda is a Congolese photographer, member of the Generation Elili collective and of Afrique in visu. After a few years spent studying law at the University of Brazzaville, he began his career in 1993 by chronicling the life of Brazzaville for newspapers and was nicknamed "Photouin". Baudouin Mouanda is particularly interested in the history of his country, in subjects that raise questions and in the aftermath of the repeated wars that have plunged the Congo into mourning. Awarded at the Francophone Games in Niamey (Niger) in 2005, Baudouin Mouanda was selected several times for the international competition for the Paris Match grand prize for student photojournalism. In 2007, he benefits from a residency in Paris, where he follows a training course at the Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes, and joins the ESA LE 75 (École supérieure des arts) of Brussels. It was there that his path crossed with that of the Congolese of Paris and in particular with the famous kings of the sape, the "sapeurs", and their philosophy baptized the "sapologie". Back in Brazzaville in 2008, he photographed the most beautiful "sapeurs" of the Congolese capital. He has since participated in several national and international residencies. In 2009, Baudouin Mouanda exhibited his photos Les séquelles de la guerre at the biennial Les Rencontres de Bamako, in Mali, where he received the Blachère Foundation prize followed by the Young Talent prize offered by Bolloré Africa Logistics. His last residency in Libreville, Gabon, allowed him to advance his work on Hip Hop and society with the "Visa pour la création 2009" grant from CulturesFrance, which he presented in summer 2010 at the Rencontres d'Arles. He regularly collaborates with several newspapers including Jeune Afrique, Planète jeune, Afrique magazine, Le Monde, Express styles, VSD, L'Humanité, Magazine Photo, Afrique Asie, Zam Magazine.

Baudouin en Normandie - Congolese Dream

Baudouin Mouanda carries in his luggage a wedding dress, from his native Congo to Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Sicily, China, the United States, to France and here, in Normandy. A wedding dress that he photographs, worn by different young women in each country, moving from one body to another, from one "dream" to another. Congolaise Dream in Normandy returns to the different representations of marriage throughout society in intriguing images, lulled by melancholy or humor.

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