The Hereros by Jim Naughten

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FASHION SISTEMATICALLY REFLECTS the events that take place in history and that justifies in a fairly big amount why I find it a particularly interesting subject of study. Today, photographer Jim Naughten brought one more piece to the big puzzle with his incredible series of portraits of the Hereros tribe. “Read More” and find the incredibly deep meaning this and other outfits conceal.

A MODA SEMPRE FOI reflexo dos tempos e isso justifica grande parte do fascínio que tenho por ela e o porquê de a achar um assunto digno de estudo. Hoje, o fotógrafo Jim Naughten acrescentou uma peça ao grande puzzle com esta série de retratos incríveis da tribo Herero. Cliquem “Read More” e descubram o significado profundo que este e outros trajes escondem.

Jim Naughten is an artist living and working in London. Among many accomplish- ments he won a D&AD Yellow Pencil in 2010 and exhibited in places such as the Imperial War Museum or the National Portrait Gallery in London. ————————————- Jim Naughten vive e trabalha em Londres. Entre muitas conquistas, ganhou um D&AD Yellow Pencil em 2010 e expôs em lugares como o Imperial War Museum ou a National Portrait Gallery, em Londres.

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I had never heard of the Hereros until now and was thrilled to learn so much just by reading Jim’s introduction to his work (don’t you just love when artists actually care to explain their stuff?). In his words:

Each image, a portrait of Herero tribe members of Namibia, reveals a material culture that harkens the region’s tumultuous past: residents wear Victorian era dresses and paramilitary costume as a direct result and documentation of its early 20th century German colonization.

According to Naughten, the costumes worn by the Hereros were brought to Namibia by German missionaries on a mission to convert the tribe which included of course, the European way of dressing. Times went on but the tribe continued to wear Victorian costumes adapting them and creating regional variations such as the addition of cow horns to headdresses, reflecting the great importance their cattle has to them.

Nunca tinha ouvido falar dos Hereros até hoje e simplesmente por ler a introdução do Jim ao seu trabalho fartei-me de aprender (não adoram quando os artistas realmente se dão ao trabalho de explicar as suas obras?):

Cada imagem, um retrato dos membros da tribo Herero da Namíbia, revela uma cultura material que ressoa ao passado tumultuoso da região: os habitantes usam vestidos da era Vitoriana e fardas paramilitares como resultado directo e documentação da colonização alemã no início do Século XX.

Segundo Naughten, os trajes usados ​​pelos Hereros foram trazidos para a Namíbia por missionários alemães destinados a converter a tribo, incluindo, claro, os hábitos de vestir europeus. O tempo passou mas a tribo continuou a usar os mesmos trajes Vitorianos, adaptando-os e criando variações regionais, como a adição de chifres de vaca em vez de toucados, refletindo a importância do gado nos costumes da tribo.

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In 1904 war broke out between German colonizers and the local tribes and the Hereros were devastated under an explicit “annihilation order” issued by General Lothar von Trotha (the Herero and Namaqua genocide is considered to have been the first genocide of the 20th century). During this horrible period clothing continued to communicate with powerful meaning:

Garments became an important expression of identity during these fragile times. Upon killing a German soldier, a Herero warrior would remove the uniform
and adopt it to his personal dress as a symbol of his prowess in battle.

Jim Naughten is “allowing the past to speak” in a crude but beautiful way, one that helps to preserve harsh memories and hopefully prevent future ones.

Em 1904 rebentou a guerra entre os colonizadores alemães e as tribos locais e os Hereros foram devastadas por uma “ordem de aniquilação” explícita emitida pelo general Lothar von Trotha (o genocídio Herero e Namaqua é considerado o primeiro genocídio do Século XX). Durante este período negro, a roupa continuou a comunicar profundamente:

As vestes tornaram-se uma importante forma de expressão de identidade durante estes momentos frágeis. Após a morte de um soldado alemão, o guerreiro Herero removia o uniforme e vestia-o como símbolo da sua coragem na batalha.

Jim Naughten fez estes retratos para “permitir que o passado falasse” e desta forma crua, mas profundamente bonita, ajuda a preservar memórias duras e, esperamos, a prevenir futuras.

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Find more about this and other works by Jim Naughten, here.
Vejam mais sobre este e outros trabalhos de Jim Naughten, aqui.

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