“The advance of the modern world, tourism, led the first affected tribes to abandon the spontaneity, the purity of the art of the peoples of the Omo. I am the witness of the latest flamboyances of creativity. – Hans Silvester
In Southern Ethiopia, in the Omo Valley, live the Surmas tribe. They are cow farmers and they are semi-nomadic. Born artists, their body paintings have fascinated Hans Silvester for more than fifteen years. Their bodies are their canvases and their fingers are brushes.
Thus, for years, the German photographer has crisscrossed Africa, meeting these tribes living on the margins of the modern world. A long-term project and perseverance, have allowed him to collect unique images. A stunning photographic exhibition!
Born in Germany, Hans Silvester made his first pictures at the age of 12. An unconditional defender of nature, the latest reportages of this great traveler have led him, in particular, to Ethiopia. This work has resulted in several publications including The People of the Omo and Window on Africa. He is the author of many books published by Editions de La Martinière among which Au gré du vent, It was yesterday or Les Chevaux de Camargue.
Opening Friday, February 8 at 7pm, in the presence of the artist
Hans Silvester – Ephemeral Paintings
February 8 – March 24
30 quai de Rive Neuve