Brice.Kimbemebe: I’m Congolese (from Brazzaville) who immigrated to South Africa. In 2003
I obtained my Photography Certificated at Intec College in Cape Town from 2006 to 2008. Since graduating, has had internship training, mentorship and workshop experience for participating in the digital photography workshop held at Melkbos on 25-28 May 2009, and the Icon Photojournalists, Jenny Altschuler, Master class. From 06/10/ Februaries 2012 at Castle in Cape town I have been shooting with Iliso Labantu photo group. With whom I have participated in numerous groups exhibitions both locally and internationally. I belong to a number of Photography related association including the friends of the South African National Gallery, Vansawesterncape (Visual art network of South Africa), and the online group SA Photography as well as being a Volunteer Photographer at Ubuntu Help-Portrait.
Brice.Kimbembe Art Photography
Together with the Iliso Labantu group, I have been documenting our communities since 2004, and more specifically African Immigrant or foreign nationals and mostly Congolese people, with there culture which every where in the world Congolese people practiced la sape, sapoligie ( sapeur ) and as well life of people in Cape Town. Focus on people from other countries: African Immigrants, men, women, children and group of people. And as well as their living conditions!!!
Across, the world in this age of exile` millions of people are on the move resettled they depart from their homelands in search of better opportunities, or to escape persecution, war or disaster. These refugees’ exiles and asylum seekers leave behind families, and friend, dream, status. Histories, and. often traumatized and depressed, they enter a twilight zone of long queues, uncertainties, hardship, and minimal rights. With citizen anxious, about cultural, dilution, limited resources and unemployment, states, fortify their walls to check the inflow of foreign nationals and relinquish their responsibility to protect them.
La sape, sapologie or sapeur, is a derogatory term from people of Congo Brazzaville to describe people who dress and create an atmosphere of elegance and style. This is part of holding onto the dream that their lives will be better and a way of connecting with each other
The movement started in Congo Brazzaville in 1945, after the end of the FirstWorld War in Europe. African soldierswere returning from Europe to theirhomeland Congo Brazzaville with European fashions, mainly French influences that were differentform their brothers, at home.Since that time the movement call la sape started and continued from generations to generations till today.The la sape, is one of the crowd games in Congolese communities everywhere in the world.
What interested me is this was a way of relating and projecting their identity in a different society.