Hans Silvester - Bench hen, Photo 08
  • Hans Silvester - Bench hen, Photo 08
  • Hans Silvester - Bench, Photo 08

Hans Silvester - Bench hen, Photo 08

Photograph by Hans Silvester who stayed several times on the Bench territory, in Ethiopia, to meet these remote tribes.

Photographs signed and numbered from 1 to 10 by the artist

3 formats available : 40x60 cm | 60x90 cm | 100x150 cm

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On some of the murals, you can feel the influence of the school through the children's creations. The Ethiopian system does a lot for access to education compared to other African countries. The problem is the high proportion of boys to girls: the bench women keep the girls at home while the boys can go to school. And since they see pictures of lions, watching cats and chickens around the house, the children try to reproduce them.

It was in Ethiopia, 600 km south of the capital, that Hans Silvester met the Bench, an ethnic group of farmers. The discovery of this people is almost by chance. Hans Silvester was on his way to the Omo Valley when he came across some painted houses. Curious and above all admiring, he put on his explorer's hat, and quickly realized that few people were interested in this culture. He describes the Bench people as "modest": no one owns more than 6 sheep. But the harmony in which they live touched the photographer's heart. It must be said that the animals are totally integrated into the daily life and create a very special atmosphere. Animals and people live in symbiosis, in total freedom. 

Retour De Voyage has selected this photo which depicts hens drawn with their fingers thanks to the ochre pigments that the Rift Valley offers.    

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