Baudouin Mouanda 

Born 1981 in Brazzaville, Congo
Lives and works in Brazzaville, Congo

 

 

Baudouin Mouanda approached photography in 1993. Quickly, he began to document life in Brazzaville for local newspapers and was nicknamed "Photouin". Elected best photographer by the jury of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of Kinshasa, then awarded at the 5th Francophonie Games in Niamey (Niger) in 2003, Baudouin Mouanda gained recognition as a talented, young photographer.

 

In 2007, during a residency in Paris, Mouanda came across the Congolese living in Paris, notably those kings of fashion, the “Sapeurs”. Back in Brazzaville in 2008, he photographed the most beautiful “Sapeurs” of the Congolese capital. These photographs were featured in the exhibition “The Art of Being a Man” at the Dapper Museum in Paris and at the Confluence Museum in Lyon. Mouanda also exhibited his photographs “The Sequels of War” at the African Photography Meetings in Bamako, Mali, where he received the Blachère Foundation Prize, and the Young Talent Prize, as well as the support of Bolloré Africa Logistics, which accompanies the tour of his photographs in the main African capitals.

 

Since 2010 Mouanda has been exhibiting internationally in countries such as France, Germany, Finland, Japan and the USA. The artist won the silver medal at the 7th Games of La Francophonie in Nice, France. He also won the prize for the Central African region in a photography competition entitled “Beauty in Africa in all its Aspects”, which was organized jointly by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union Delegation to the African Union.

 

He collaborates with many newspapers, including Jeune Afrique, Planète Jeune, Afrique Magazine, Le Monde, Express Styles, Liberation, VSD, Humanity, Photo Magazine.

 

His work can be found in both private and public major art collections such as the Jean Pigozzi Foundation, the Museum of the Zinsou Foundation, the Blachère Foundation, Bolloré Logistics, the Confluence Museum Lyon and the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

Since 2018, Mouanda is self-funding the construction of a cultural space in Brazzaville with a library for children, a training room in visual art, a professional photo laboratory, and an exhibition space.