Hans Silvester - Scarecrows, Ethiopia 02
Photograph by Hans Silvester, who visited the Bench people in Ethiopia on several occasions.
The photograph is signed and numbered from 1 to 10 by the artist.
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Hans Silvester was fascinated by these ragged effigies, true forms of primitive and ephemeral art. By capturing these creatures, the photographer maintains a symbolic link with the farmers who create them.
Having photographed the body paintings and decorations of the Omo people, this is the first time that Hans Silvester shows us these expressionist images that animate these creatures of straw, clay and rags. The scarecrow was an innate culture that marked the cultivated areas of the countryside and is still practiced by the Benchs. Indeed, farmers make them according to an established tradition that allows for artistic spontaneity. In the fields, these postichous humans have the duty to discourage birds in order to preserve the crops. In addition to their mission of deterrence, the scarecrows have a symbolic charge to produce an abundant agriculture.
Retour De Voyage has selected this photo which highlights the use of recycled materials by these people.
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