A “Sapeur” is a Congolese man who dresses with class, seen particularly in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of the Congo, and who has turned the art of dressing into a cultural statement. Sapeur stands for Société des Ambianceurs et Personnes Élégants (Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People), a social movement that embodies the elegance in style and manners of colonial predecessor dandies. Les Sapeurs have remained the fashionistas of their cities in the face of war, poverty and civil strife and are representative of the unflagging vitality of the Congolese people.
Visiting Okinawa after a run in Tokyo, this exhibition presents these elegant gentlemen as photographed by Chano Kunio, a photographer based in Okinawa.
Date: Saturday-Sunday, July 23-Aug. 28, 2016
Place: Rycom Anthropology, 3F Plaza House
Admission: 500 yen