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Tristes Tropiquesillustrations hors texte    Tristes Tropiquesplates alongside the next  sources, developments, & the maki...
In 2010 the french-dutch artist Laurence Aëgerter was invited to doan six-week artist’s residency in Kunsthuis (Art House)...
Claude Lévi-Strauss - Tristes Tropiques         Éditions Plon, Paris, 1955
Claude Lévi-Strauss    1908-2009
“Possibly the time will come we discover that the same logic isthe source of both mythical and scientific thinking, en tha...
Tristes Tropiques is a memoir, first published in France in 1955by the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. It documents hi...
After several weeks of preparation and research, we embarked onthe difficult task to find village people willing to partic...
Nearly a year after our residency in Beetsterzwaag we producedan artist’s book based on the original photo appendix in Tri...
tupi-kawahib                      nambikwara                                 bororo                                   cadu...
tupi-kawahib                                        caduveo                                bororo                         ...
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BORORO
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BORORO
NAMBIKWARA
NAMBIKWARA
NAMBIKWARA
NAMBIKWARA
TUPI-KAWAHIB
TUPI-KAWAHIB
TUPI-KAWAHIB
TUPI-KAWAHIB
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artist’s bookTristes Tropiquesillustrations hors texte       ISBN 13 : 978-2-35046-224-0            Format : 150 x 210 (2x...
FIN© laurence aëgerter laurence@aegerter.nl  © ronald van tienhoven tien@xs4all.nl
Art house SYB: Tristes Tropiques project - October2010>2011
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This project was initiated and developed by Laurence Aëgerter and Ronald van Tienhoven for Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, Frysia, Netherlands

Tristes Tropiques is a memoir, first published in France in 1955 by the anthropologist and structuralist Claude Lévi-Strauss. It documents his travels and anthropological work, focusing principally on Brazil. Although ostensibly a travelogue, the work is infused with philosophical reflections and ideas linking many academic disciplines, such as sociology, history, and literature.
Lévi-Strauss’ reflections regarding the life of Brazilian indians in a rapidly changing society, and the transformation in people’s perception vis-à-vis other cultures throughout the 20th century, led us to use Tristes Tropiques as conceptual and visual point of reference for our art project in Kunsthuis SYB, in Beetsterzwaag, Frysia.

Together with about 40 Beetsterzwaag residents of both sexes and all ages we reenacted the 63 photographs published by Lévi-Strauss in Tristes Tropiques. The photographs are set in the environs of Beetsterzwaag, which oddly resemble the Brazilian interior, notably that of Mato Grosso province.
This presentation was on show throughout our residency in Kunsthuis SYB. The end presentation was held on Saturday the 16th of October 2010. Check out the other Tristes Tropiques presentation, where the whole final photo sequence can be seen.
A publication ise part of the project output. In October 2011 this publication was presented at the Lloyd Hotel's Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam, and in November by Filigranes Editions at Paris Photo. In April 2012 the project will be on show at Salon für Kunstbuch in Vienna.

This project has been made possible thanks to the financial support from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture and the Stokroos Foundation.
Kunsthuis SYB is being supported by the province of Frysia and the Mondriaan Foundation.

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  1. 1. Tristes Tropiquesillustrations hors texte Tristes Tropiquesplates alongside the next sources, developments, & the making of
  2. 2. In 2010 the french-dutch artist Laurence Aëgerter was invited to doan six-week artist’s residency in Kunsthuis (Art House) SYB, in theFrysian village of Beetsterzwaag.Sensing that a cooperative project in this context might lead to aconceptually richer result, she decided to ask dutch artist Ronaldvan Tienhoven to participate.Their residency resulted in an elaborate communal photographyproject that ran parallel to the photo manifestation Noorderlicht,one of the foremost venues related to art and photography in theNetherlands.Deciding on developing an alternative form of ‘counter exploration’,Aëgerter and Van Tienhoven chose the seminal ethnographical bookTristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss as the point of departure.
  3. 3. Claude Lévi-Strauss - Tristes Tropiques Éditions Plon, Paris, 1955
  4. 4. Claude Lévi-Strauss 1908-2009
  5. 5. “Possibly the time will come we discover that the same logic isthe source of both mythical and scientific thinking, en that Manhas always thought well.”"Peut-être découvrirons-nous un jour que la même logique est àloeuvre dans la pensée mythique et dans la pensée scientifique,et que lhomme a toujours pensé aussi bien." Claude Lévi-Strauss
  6. 6. Tristes Tropiques is a memoir, first published in France in 1955by the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. It documents histravels and anthropological work, focusing principally on Brazil.Although ostensibly a travelogue, the work is infused withphilosophical reflections and ideas linking many academicdisciplines, such as sociology, history, and literature.Lévi-Strauss’ reflections regarding the life of Brazilian indiansin a rapidly changing society, and the transformation in people’sperception vis-à-vis other cultures throughout the 20th centuryled us to use Tristes Tropiques as conceptual and visual point ofreference for our six-week residency in September and October2010.Thursday, September
  7. 7. After several weeks of preparation and research, we embarked onthe difficult task to find village people willing to participate in theproject. With the assistance of local residents who are active inthe Kunsthuis SYB organisation, we were able to interest a largenumber of people of both genders and all ages in reenacting theBrazilian scenes and portraits shot by Lévi-Strauss in the 1930s.All sixty-three photographs published by Lévi-Strauss in the first1955 edition of Tristes Tropiques were remade in the immediatevicinity of the village. Locations were chosen as much as possiblewith the original settings in mind. The photo sessions took threedays in all. Nearly forty people participated as model in thesereenactments; many others assisted in the project’s production.
  8. 8. Nearly a year after our residency in Beetsterzwaag we producedan artist’s book based on the original photo appendix in TristesTropiques. Tristes Tropiques - Illustrations hors texte is an exactfacsimile of the original appendix: typeface, numbering, layout andcontent are identical. The publication consists of two booklets in atransparent holder: the meticulously reprinted original appendix,and our identical version with the Beetsterzwaag photographs.On October 9, 2011, we presented the artist’s book at the LloydHotel’s Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam. On November 11 TristesTropiques - Illustrations hors texte was presented by FiligranesEditions during Paris Photo. In the course of April 2012 the bookwill be presented by Salon für Kunstbuch in Vienna. Other venuesand presentations will follow in the course of this year.
  9. 9. tupi-kawahib nambikwara bororo caduveofour tribes visited by Lévi-Strauss during his travels through Central Brazil
  10. 10. tupi-kawahib caduveo bororo nambikwara Four tribes in a Frysian setting - Beetsterzwaag and environs
  11. 11. CADUVEO
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  14. 14. CADUVEO
  15. 15. BORORO
  16. 16. BORORO
  17. 17. BORORO
  18. 18. BORORO
  19. 19. NAMBIKWARA
  20. 20. NAMBIKWARA
  21. 21. NAMBIKWARA
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  23. 23. TUPI-KAWAHIB
  24. 24. TUPI-KAWAHIB
  25. 25. TUPI-KAWAHIB
  26. 26. TUPI-KAWAHIB
  27. 27. PHOTO SESSIONS | DAY ONE
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  48. 48. PHOTO SESSIONS | DAY TWO
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  55. 55. PHOTO SESSIONS | DAY THREE
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  58. 58. artist’s bookTristes Tropiquesillustrations hors texte ISBN 13 : 978-2-35046-224-0 Format : 150 x 210 (2x) 144 pages (each book 72 pages) two paperbacks in plastic holder 2 x 63 photos black and white signed and numbered
  59. 59. FIN© laurence aëgerter laurence@aegerter.nl © ronald van tienhoven tien@xs4all.nl
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