DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Baudouin Mouanda


  • © Rochelle photo

Rêve: series of 5 photographies, 60x90 cm each, 2013, © Baudouin Mouanda.

Marriage for Baudouin Mouanda is anything but a fairy tale. Paradoxically entitled Dream, this series of pictures is an ironic look at the utopia of marriage. By photographing a wedding dress, whenever worn by another woman according to the place he is, the artist attempts to identify what motivates women to dream of marriage. From Congo to Germany and United States, marriage has neither the same meaning nor the same purpose. For some, it is to escape the social misery, for others it is to end a heavy loneliness or acquire social status. Although the work of Mouanda presents a critique of society, one finds no judgement. The artist highlights a universal social problem. It is not the role of women in marriage which is at the center of questions. Mouanda calls into question the symbolic white wedding dress, a symbol of purity. It seems that the fairy tale dreamed by girls, proves to be a pragmatic purpose.

Baudoin Mouanda was born in 1981 in Ouesso Congo. He began his career in 1993 when he studied law at the University of Brazzaville. Nicknamed "Photouin" he quickly became a columnist for local newspapers. Yet he quickly diverts from the trivialities of everyday life to focus on a more sensitive news. His early research lead to a first series of extreme sensitivity, entitled "The Aftermath of the war." This first series won a local success as elected best photographer by the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa. He received the Blachère Foundation Prize and the Young talent support from Bolloré Africa Logistics. In 2007, he benefits from a residence in Paris, where he attended a course in CFPJ (Centre for training and development for journalist) in Brussels. At this time, he met the Congolese of Paris including the famous kings of the "sape" the "sapeurs" and their philosophy called "Sapologie". Back to Brazzaville in 2008, he photographed the most beautiful "sapeurs" of the Congolese capital. The scholarship "Visa pour la Création 2009" from Culture France allows him to achieve the "Hip Hop and Society" series he presented in 2010 at Rencontres d’Arles (France). After covering the French 2007 presidential campaign, he continued the same approach in francophone Africa. He collaborates with several magazines including Jeune Afrique, Le Monde, l’Express styles, VSD, l’Humanité, Magazine Photo, Afrique Asie and Zam Magazine.

View online : www.baudouinmouanda.com