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Terra Cognita
2012

Terra Cognita

Matthieu Rytz

Mathieu Rytz

The goddess Pachamama – a name that literally translated means ‘Mother Earth’ – plays a central role in the religion of many native peoples in South America. Their traditions also emphasize the direct relation between man and nature. This connects with the scientific idea that all organisms and the non-organic environment (water, rocks, soil) are part of one complex, integrated system. From this follows the idea that anyone who harms nature is committing a form of self-mutilation. Rytz travelled into the Colombian Amazon rain forest to photograph people who have not yet repudiated Pachamama.

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    “There are no secrets”
    “Without mother earth, we are nothing”
    “The mother earth gives us good air to breath”

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    “Mother earth feeds us” “Food is our strength, our spirit”
    “Now is more important to watch television than prepare our food”
    “Nature does not forgive”

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    “It is necessary to use traditional medicine and reduce the consumption of western medicines”
    “When I feel sick I get up very early in the morning and i wash my self out”
    “I have to take care of myself in order to take care of my child”

Biography

Matthieu Rytz (Switzerland, 1980) studied Visual Anthropology at the Université de Montréal, and in 2008 founded AnthropoGraphia, an organization devoted to advancing human rights by means of telling visual stories. In addition Rytz is artistic director of Productions Foton, a non-profit organization for the promotion of documentary photography. He lives and works in Montreal, Canada. 

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Terra Cognita

Terra Cognita

Price EUR 15,00