Position D’attaque 2
In my depiction, a "Techno Dandy" is a person who dons the outfits for a parade and then performs several characters.
On this occasion, the Techno Dandy uses a form of expression called the "Sapeur". A "Sapeur" is a devotee of La Sape which is an acronym based on the phrase Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (French; literally "Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People"); hinting towards the French slang ‘sape’ which means "attire". Dandyism is a subculture centred on the cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville in the DRC and the Republic of Congo respectively.
For me, La SAPE is another form of expression that has developed after successive dictatorial regimes from both Congo Kinshasa and Congo Brazzaville.
For those born into both Congo’s, political, cultural and economical expression is not tolerated; the amounted frustration is expressed openly through the Sapeurs who artistically transcends this monotony in the hope of a larger cultural transition; they see their transcendence as a form of agency to compensate for political and economic deprivation. In other words, Sapeurs manifest ambivalent attitudes which are both beautiful and confusing – a rather disguised weapon of expression.
In the above scene, I personify a Sapeur in an exaggerated outfit, which could also reveal the idea of reinventing a foreign culture as an autonomous form, a revolt against the established order. In Position D’attaque 2, I take a pugnacious position in an outfit made of discarded computer keyboards in the backdrop of a traditional African village with its classical hut and nature.
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