Piers Calvert

"Overall this project is essentially a collaboration between myself and other artists, and what makes many of the photos shine is really the amazing beauty and intricacy of the painting practised by various tribes that still do so" Piers Calvert

Inspired by a sense of adventure drawn from growing up adventuring in the forests of the Sussex countryside, Piers set off across Colombia to record what he could of the indigenous body painting traditions that were still maintained.With a palette of organic colours, the portraits serve as a time capsule, a snapshot, a record of how things are amongst some of Colombia’s indigenous groups right now. They are a celebration of the beauty and diversity of these ancestral arts that may or may not have stood the test of time over the past 200 years, with in many cases some very dark moments in their history.

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