I was so moved by the women of the Omo Valley that I wanted to get models to photograph. I went to the MAC Cosmetics store in Harlem and they suggested that I go to their Chelsea location. I shared images from Hans Silvester and the staff was blown away. But immediately they shared how I should model. So, with their help along with the Body Shop in Harlem, I experimented. I want to thank MAC and the Body Shop for letting me enjoy this moment.
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Tribal Societies, who stil follow the ancient custom of face painting, choose the colors according to the available raw materials. In ancient times, only primary and locally available colors like red, blue, yellow or white were used. Sometimes by sprinkling dust or soft bird feathers, special effects were achieved. Nowadays, most tribesmen choose to use branded paints. Painting a face is an art, perhaps the very first art, going back to the origins of human culture. Artists paint bold, mask-like designs inspired by imagery from nature, imagination or traditional masks. Unlike dance and music where the most charming modes and sweetest strains disappear before they are understood, painting captures the emotions and expressions and retains the impact for a long period. Painting is essentially a spoken and unspoken expression with the strokes of a brush.
Animation was done by filmmaker Guillaume Renberg
Born in 1966 Paris, France. Guillaume Renberg’s lifelong love of film brought him to California to study and work in the film industry. Since 1999 Guillaume has been living and working in New York City, participating in the production of major motion pictures, commercials, television, and numerous independent film projects. One of his personal passions is filming, editing and producing documentaries about the life and work of his artist friends.
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Photo credit: Hans Silvester
The Sacred Body Art of the Omo Valley
The Omo Valley people have lived in southwestern Ethiopia and neighboring Kenya and the Sudan for centuries. The landscape of the Omo Valley is very diverse: vast savannah with mountains on the horizon, beautiful views, the arid semi-desert, acacia bushes, hills and forests on the banks of the Omo River with its deep canyons and rapids.
The Omo Valley people still practice body painting and tattooing. A garland of flowers, a veil of seed-pods, buffalo horn, a crown of melons, feathers, stems and storks all could be used to express joy or celebrate a rite of passage. The wearer can sometimes takes on the characteristic of a supernatural state.
The West Harlem Art Fund in an attempt to preserve this tradition will re-create this body art work with Scherezade Garcia, sculptor and installation artist, that will be displayed at the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan, along with a dedicated blog site that features other artists for Armory Week 2012.
An evening of wine tasting will be held on Friday, March 9th at Lot 125 at 7p.m. Tour and artist talk at the African Burial Ground in TriBeCa, March 10th at 2 p.m.
Lot 125 is located at 566 W. 125th Street, New York, N.Y. 10027 (212) 663-9015.
African Burial Ground, 290 Broadway (btwn Duane & Reade Sts), New York, N.Y. 10007 (212) 637-2019