Tristes Tropiques: illustrations hors texte

The images from the seminal publication Tristes Tropiques by the French cultural anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss are the source of this project. These photographs of Brazilian tribes were re-enacted 80 years later in Beesterzwaag, a village in the Dutch province of Friesland. This project was realised in close collaboration with the inhabitants of Beetsterzwaag (NL). This project resulted in an artist’s books and a series of autonomous photographs.

Using this ‘counter exploration’ through space and time, the continuity of human expression and cultural exchange is emphasized.

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Tristes Tropiques: Illustrations hors texte


Tristes Tropiques: illustrations hors texte

56 pages, 21 x 15 cm

edition of 1000

In collaboration with Ronald van Tienhoven

source: Tristes Tropiques, Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1955

published by Filigranes Paris

This book has been published due to the generous support of the Mondriaan Fonds and Stichting Stokroos


In the collection of the Tate Gallery and the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (UK)