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Vera Radosevic

Vera Radosevic (1975) è una fotografa freelance nata e risiede a Belgrado, in Serbia.

La sua passione per la vita è la fotografia. Cerca costantemente personaggi primordiali, autentiche e pure nel mondo che ci circonda .

Personaggi autentici e primordiali con valori veri, stanno lentamente scomparendo nella realtà del mondo moderno pervaso dalla globalizzazione e dal profitto. Esperta nel fotografare culture nel mondo che sono spesso emarginate e rapidamente omologate in un mondo sempre più globalizzato.

Con la sua macchina fotografica tra le mani, vuole preservare questi ultimi valori e momenti dall'oblio del mondo.

Ha vissuto e viaggiato attraverso l'Africa per due anni e la sua ispirazione attuale deriva principalmente da quell'esperienza.

È laureata in scienze politiche per professione (Università di Belgrado) e le sue opere fotografiche sono apparse in diverse mostre fotografiche, pubblicazioni e presentazioni (l'ultima foto è stata dedicata all'Angola nel Museo di arte africana, Belgrado, Serbia e mostra fotografica al Museo Nazionale di Semberia, Bosnia ed Erzegovina).

Ha vinto il primo premio per il concorso fotografico VEA "Vivre en Angola", a giugno di quest'anno. Inoltre, fino ad ora, ha partecipato a diversi progetti legati alla performing Art in collaborazione con il teatro non verbale di Belgrado, in Serbia.

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                                 Angola – tribes

 

 

Angola, located on the southwestern coast of Africa, is a country with "a thousand colors," in the true sense of the word. The richness and diversity it possesses is unique in its African environment, due to its turbulent history and specific cultural identity and diversity, as well as due to the diversity of natural and geographical features of each province in particular. Angola is "all in one."

 

In a globalized world where patterns of social and cultural behavior are becoming increasingly homogeneous, Angola is as an island of unique cultural resistance in the world, what gives some kind of cultural balance in the globalized world.

 

In south west Angola, there are 12 animistic tribes that still retain their own aesthetic and a particular look and specific way of life in the ecosystem that surrounds them. This exhibition presents members of 5 tribes, who live between Huila plateau and the great desert of Namib, one of the last wild zones on our planet. These are: Himba, Mumuila, Mucahaone, Mucubali and Mucuis people.

 

                                  Himba tribe

 

They are very conscious of their culture and they are very pride in it, and have withstood many pressures of the modern world. Himba people are semi nomadic pastoralists and they are keeping livestock. The women cover their bodies in otjize, a mixture of ash, butter and ochre that gives them the unique red color. It also has symbolic meaning as it unites the red color of earth and blood which is the symbol of life. They are monotheistic people who worship the God Mukuru and their clan s ancestors.

 

                                 Mumuila tribe

 

They are semi nomadic people who engage in subsistence agriculture and livestock keeping. People from this tribe believe in Supreme Being and they believe that the spirits of their ancestors can work for their good or for their worst, so they will sometimes make animal sacrifices. Mumuila women are famous for their special hairstyles which are very important in their culture.

They put a mixture of oil, dried cow dung, crushed tree bark and herbs on their hair. Usually, they wear 4 or 6 braids. Women are also famous for their necklaces, which has meaning for each period of their life. Teen girls wear red necklaces made with beads covered with a mix of soil land latex. Adult girls wear yellow necklaces made with wicker covered with earth. After they get married, women start wearing a set of stacked up bead necklaces for ever.

 

 

                                 Mucubali tribe

 

They are semi nomadic pastoralists living as cattle raisers and engaged in agriculture.Mucubali people believe in a God called Huku. They also worship their ancestors spirit.Women are famous for the way they dress.They wear an unique headdress called Ompota, which is made of a wicker framework filled with a bunch of tied cow tails. Mucubali women are also famous for the string thay have around their breast, called Oyonduthi, which is used like bra. They use to smoke tobacco in pipes. A man can have several wives and is also allowed to sell a wife, if he does not get along with her or even just to earn money, as woman can be worth 2 cows. Cattle is the ultimate expression of wealth for them.

 

 

 

 

 

                               Muhacaona tribe

 

They are nomadic agriculturalist people. Women s haircut is made with a mix of cow dungs, fat and herbs. Their traditional headdress is called Kapapo and it is made of waste materials. Man choose to wear a simple loin cloth paired with a dagger.The Muhacaona are friendly people who love music and dancing.

 

 

                                  Mucuis tribe

 

Finding their remote settlement near the anscient Congolo rocks in Iona desert in south Angola was not an easy task. They are a beautiful people who live from foraging to this day in balance with nature. Their number is less than 500 and they rely heavily on their Mucuroca neighbors to trade. They were the first Angolans to meet the Portuguese explorers in the 15th Century and the first inhabitants of this part of Africa.

 

 

 

                     Vera Radosevic Photography