Hans Silvester

A Window on Africa: Ethiopian Portraits
by Hans Silvester
Publisher's Description
Kibish, in the Omo Valley on the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, is a village unlike any other. Far from any city and with an unforgiving climate, it has nonetheless become a place where traditional lifestyles meet the contemporary world.

This book is a beguiling portrait of its people, seen through an unusual lens - that of a simple window frame. From painted, marked and scarified tribesmen to tradesmen with their tools and farmers with their animals, this collection is a priceiess record of a unique and increasingly fragile way of life, one threatened by conflict, tourism and the rapidly encroaching twenty-first century.

'My little red window has become almost a mirror image of the startling changes taking place today in Africa, where so many conflicts have arisen from the coming together of different peoples, creating a chaotic jumble of humanity that obliges vastly different cultures and languages to bond together to form some kind of community. My window has captured a moment in time, nothing more, nothing less, and in its endless stream of faces we can see the diversity of humankind, its customs and its religions, in a place that the old world now has to share with the new, with strangers who are here to stay.

What is happening to the Suri in Kibish on a small scale is happening all over our planet through globalization: all of us are now confronted with otherness, an inevitable meeting of the: known and the unknown.' – Hans Silvester
ISBN: 050051562X
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Hardcover : 160 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 7.8 x 11.7 x 0.7 inches
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