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Pierre de Vallombreuse, Tribute to Claude Lévi-Strauss


For thirty years, Pierre de Vallombreuse has tirelessly witnessed the lives of the world’s indigenous populations. He has created a unique photographic collection  on forty-two of the tribes so paying a tribute to the precious diversity of the world. Each group highlights the multiplicity of responses to the conditions that nature and history has imposed on their way of life. With his photographs, Pierre de Vallombreuse helps us discover the complex and alarming realities of these people.

Far from outdated exotic dreams, he fights for respect and equitable representation for these fragile populations whose heritage is vital to us. They are too often the first victims of genocide, war, economic predatory ideologies, famine, ecological disasters, equally crucial questions that, far from being local, concern all of humankind.

This exhibition will be the first that, through thirty-five works, will try to symbolise their situations, From communities living more or less in peace by way of what Edgar Morin calls “disintegrative integration”, to wars and genocides, it will be the occasion to pay a tribute to Claude Levi-Strauss, the reading of whose book Tristes Tropiques has, for a long time, thrown a light on Pierre de Vallombreuse’s trajectory. It is also a warning cry  to protect this  humanity in danger who, far from being “others” is also ours .


Pierre de Vallombreuse, Hommage à Claude Lévi-Strauss
From 31st March 2017 to 29th April 2017
Galerie Hegoa
16 rue de Beaune
75007 Paris

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