Peuples, 1989-2005 A book & exhibitions
Today, the future of 5,000 peoples and 300 million people is in danger. These populations, considered as minorities, are for some victims of genocide. Beyond the threat to their singularity, it is the heritage of all humanity that will suffer severely from their disappearance.
It is to this precious and fragile diversity that pays homage to the photographic work of Pierre de Vallombreuse, who traveled for more than twenty years all continents to share the intimacy of twenty-seven ethnic groups and who, following Edgar Morin , affirms loud and clear that the representatives "are our fathers, our mothers ... our brothers, our sisters."
In this book, he shows us populations more or less preserved, victims of wars, genocide and "disintegrating integration" of which speaks Edgar Morin, in the preface of the book Peoples.
Produced from 2007 to 2012, this project represents a photographer's commitment to eleven indigenous peoples around the globe. While its main purpose is to show the intimate relationship that binds man to his environment, it is a testimony to the diversity of lifestyles, practices and traditional knowledge that are part of very different environments. These cultures are custodians of knowledge essential for the preservation of biodiversity. Root Men wishes to promote a reflection on sustainable humanity whose corollary is the protection of nature.
Each time linked to a specific people, he emphasizes the multiplicity of responses to the conditions of life imposed by nature and history. It is in this context that he approaches the notion of root. By meeting people firmly rooted in their territory and others who have been subjected to the test of uprooting, these people draw the profound changes that affect our modernity.
This project has given rise to a book, Peuples, prefaced by Edgar Morin and published by Editions Flammarion in 2005, and an exhibition at the Musée de l'Homme in 2005-2006 which then traveled to France and abroad.