La Sape Art Journal

La Sape Art Journal
A mind traveling experience.

A mixed media art journal dedicated and inspired by La Sape, acronym for Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (French for Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People), a subculture developed since the 1930s in the Republic of Congo and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Initially headed by Camille Diata, La Sape movement embraces the elegant style and manners of the colonial era dandies as a means of resistance to colonialism. The dandy settlers were in sharp contrast to the environment in which they lived. La Sape followers are known as sapeurs (sapeur also means “digger” in French).

The main drawings for this illustration were made on top of a sketchbook cover. There are also some elements of vintage lettering as well as traces of calligraphic text in the background.
A collage of psychedelic cumbias from the sixties was used as soundtrack to the creative process of this art diary.

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