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.

Related project:
Tristes Tropiques: illustrations hors texte
(artist’s book)


Tristes Tropiques: illustrations hors texte

63 archival inkjet prints on fine-art Baryta paper, max. 40 cm on the longest side

in collaboration with Ronald van Tienhoven

source: Tristes Tropiques, Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1955


In the collection of the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (NL)

Exhibited in the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao as part of the exhibition Making Africa. (until 21-2-2016)