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Event: “Les Sapeuses” The Lady Dandies Of The Drc

Brunei Gallery, SOAS


Title “Les Sapeuses” The Lady Dandies Of The Drc
Type of event Exhibition
Dates 14 October 2017 - 16 December 2017
Special dates Tue - Sat 10.30 - 17.00, Late night Thurs. 10.30 - 20.00, Closed: Sunday, Monday & Bank Holidays
Time 10:30
Description This exhibition documents the life and style of the sapeuses, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s ‘lady dandies’ subculture, through the reportage photography of Kinshasa-based photographer Junior D. Kannah.

The sapeuses have emerged in the past decade as young female Kinshasans who view the inherited traditions of la sape as method of escape from rigid gendered roles and expectations. For some sapeuses, who traditionally dress in masculine suits and accessories imported via the Congolese diaspora in Belgium and France, la sape is a return to pre-colonial modes of strong African femininity; for others the movement, with its sapeuse solidarity clubs and rich socio-historical heritage, is a means of operating as a queer woman in a nation and era in which homophobia is rife.

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Name Brunei Gallery, SOAS
Address Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
Telephone 020 7898 4915
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