Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gentlemen from Congo

Have you ever seen the gentleman from Congo? "La Sape" is what they are called. They look so sophisticated they would fit perfectly in the African version of the Sartorialist. Amazing that they can dress so well with so little means. Their mixture of bright African colors and European style ingredients give them a unique appearance.

The Italian freelance photographer Francesco Giusti is orientated towards investigation of issues of social relations, communities and identity. During his career he was awarded multiple times for his work. Giusti has documented immigration and asylum seekers in Italy and the Mediteranian Sea. He has also worked in the slums of Nairobi, Cairo and Port au Prince. More recently he has been in Haiti, Western-Africa en Congo Brazzaville.

Giusti is currently having a exhibition with two other photographers in Brussels about his work in Congo. It is well worth visiting if you have the opportunity.

  - “La Sape! Gentlemen from Congo” -
Francesco Giusti – Héctor Mediavilla – Baudouin Mouanda
De Markten, 5 Vieux Marché aux Grains, Bruxelles, Belgium.

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