Hans Silvester - Body paintings, Photo 09
  • Hans Silvester - Body paintings, Photo 09

Hans Silvester - Body paintings, Photo 09

Photograph by Hans Silvester who stayed with the Suri herders, semi-nomadic inhabitants of southern Ethiopia.

The photograph is signed and numbered from 1 to 10 by the artist.

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

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The strillas painted on his body echo the Kalashnikov he is holding in his arms. In this photograph, the contrast between the naive art that reflects innocence and the heavier symbolism of a firearm. These weapons have been introduced into these tribes and have totally unbalanced the power relations. 

The great reporter Hans Silvester discovered the Omo Valley in 2002. Initially, he went there to meet the researchers of Lucy, the oldest human being. It was with Moulou, his faithful guide, that he finally met the various local peoples. Fascinated by their way of life, he develops strong ties with the tribes. His photographs reveal the various body paintings of these peoples, attesting to the photographer's patience and the trust he has been able to inspire.These pictures reveal their art, their generosity and the precarious balance they maintain with nature. These numerous photographs bring us closer to these people, along the banks of the Omo.

Selected by Retour De Voyage, this photograph highlights the imbalance between the essence of the Suris and Mursis and the use of modern objects.

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