Hans Silvester - Scarecrows, Ethiopia 11
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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Beyond the cheap fabrications made to scare birds, the photographer offers us a more tender vision of the thing. He takes us further than the object's primary function, and reveals true artistic creations, made of odds and ends that assemble these strange characters.
After having photographed the paintings and body 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 for its harmony between tradition and imagination.
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