A Photo Exhibition By Juliet & Urs Fricker
ETHIOPIA: LIFE IN THE OMO VALLEY
EXHIBITION DATE: JUNE 01-29, 2016 展出時間：6 月1 日- 6 月29 日
TIME: MONDAY - FRIDAY 9AM -5PM, SATURDAY 10AM-5PM 週一至週五 9am-5pm，週六 10am-5pm
OPENING: 2:00PM-4:00PM JUNE 4TH, 2016 開幕茶會：6 月4 日( 六) 2:00pm-4:00pm
The Taiwanese/Swiss born couple is presenting its 2nd Photo Exhibition at the Centre during the month of June. They are award winning travel photographers who travelled to 45 countries the last 10 years. Exploring the world in search of new places, people and cultures, they have travelled to remote areas in Mongolia, Burma, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Romania and recently to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia for 3 weeks.
Omo is a major river in southern Ethiopia. In the 1970's, international anthropologists found it quite amazing that a territory, which was not excessively large, could be home to so many different ethnic and cultural groups. In 1980, UNESCO declared the Lower Omo Valley a World Heritage Site, in recognition of its uniqueness. Here live some 15 nomadic tribes, the largest having 70,000 people and the smallest no more than 1,000, a total of about 200,000. Neighbouring tribes may have languages of completely different origins, The nomadic tribes do not own many material goods. Continuous movement requires few and easily portable possessions. Their small wooden huts provide shelter from the sun and the rain and are sparsely furnished. Simple fires with a couple of pots, goat and cow skins, a few baskets and simple utensils. Lack of material possessions is compensated by the exceptional ornamental and symbolic wealth of their decorated bodies and clothing. One of the most astonishing things about these people is their beauty. Both boys and girls have magnificent physiqu s, slender and very fit.
Today the Omo Valley is a destination for adventuring tourists who cross vast and und uncomfortable distances to witness an ancient human culture with many unique rituals. The photographers hope that the Photo Exhibition will show their unique experience. The simple life style which has existed for generations and provide a contrast to our material society where in comparison we live in great luxury. The photog aphers were on an African Safari where the most extraordinary tribal people were the attraction.