Daniele Tamagni’s 2010 photo-essay introduced the world to a group of men in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo. These “sapeurs” visibly declare their membership in the Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (SAPE) with boldly colored and carefully curated fashions. The sapeurs follow to a strict honor code regarding public and private, appearance and conduct, the individual and the community. Tamagni masterfully depicted them in their bold fashions, with the men patiently and proudly staring back at the camera, their character as orderly and unblemished as their attire.


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Artist
Daniele Tamagni, Italian, 1975–2017
Title
Chalereux Abbot with Friends
from the series Sapeurs of Bacongo
Date
2008, printed 2019
Medium
Inkjet print
Dimensions
Image: 16 11/16 × 25 3/16 in. (42.4 × 63.9 cm) Sheet: 19 9/16 × 27 7/16 in. (49.7 × 69.7 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Claire Poole and Ron Auchter

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2019.60
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

Estate of the artist; purchased by MFAH, 2019.