September 5th, 2008Omo Tribes in Ethiopia Body Painting
Omo Tribes Ethiopia Body Painting Gallery
In the confines of Ethiopia in Africa, centuries away from modernity, Hans Sylvester photographed during six years the tribes where men, women, children, old people, are geniuses of an ancient art, body painting. At their feet, the Omo river, astride a triangle on Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya, the vast Rift Valley which slowly separates from Africa, a volcanic region which provides a vast range of pigments, red ochre, white kaolin, copper green, yellow or light gray ash.
The Omo Tribes are genius of body painting, and their bodies of two metres high is a huge canvas. The strength of their art lies in three words: fingers, speed and freedom.
They draw open hands, the tip of nails, sometimes with a piece of wood, a reed, a crushed stem. The lively gestures, rapid, spontaneous, beyond childhood, this essential movement that major contemporary masters seek when they learned a lot and try to forget everything.
Body Painting, only the desire to decorate, to seduce, to be beautiful, a game and a permanent pleasure. The Omo Tribe in Africa just have to plunge their fingers into the clay and, in two minutes, on the chest, breasts, pubic area, legs, is born nothing less than a Miro, Picasso, Pollock, a Tàpies, a Klee…
Omo Tribe Body Painting Picture Gallery ::
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