El Molo Boy in Red

  • Giulio D'Ercole
  • 2009
  • Inv. No. 58.15.01
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Persone, Ritratto
Size L
63x100cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Unframed Mounting
63x100cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting

In northern Kenya close to Lake Turkana, in a village composed simply of a group of huts, there is a community of fishermen from the El Molo tribe. Forced every day to face poverty that is exacerbated by the aridity of the land, extreme climatic conditions and the need to use the few available food resources for trade in order to survive, the El Molo react with a dignity that the little boy in the photograph embodies with his entire being. Wrapped in his bright-red mantle, the little El Molo – in a royal pose – looks ahead, allowing us to see all the pride of a population that struggles for a peaceful coexistence in a difficult and austere land, but one where it is impossible not to recognize the wonders of nature. The photograph was part of the “Life in Lake Turkana” exhibition staged in Kenya and Nigeria, and at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011).
After graduating with a degree in humanities, Giulio D’Ercole entered the world of media and creative communication. A producer, director and organizer, he commenced his career working in radio, theatre and television. In 2003 he moved to Kenya, where he founded Canvas Africa Productions, with which he produced documentaries and photo reports on humanitarian projects in collaboration with the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations. On the African continent he began his career as a photographer in 2007, when he exhibited The Face of African Dignity in Nairobi, first at the Italian Institute of Culture and then at the American embassy. After participating in the Lagos Photo Festival (2010), he presented Life in Lake Turkana at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, in the Italian Pavilion curated by Vittorio Sgarbi (2011). That year he also participated in Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italia nel Mondo at the Italian Institute of Culture in Nairobi and the Watatu Art Gallery in Nairobi also devoted a solo show to him entitled Rural African Women – Beauty Beyond Ego. In 2013 he was one of the leading figures in the Lake Turkana Festival (Nairobi). A multifaceted artist, he spent several years in New York as Senior Producer for RAI Corporation before turning to photography and working prolifically with numerous art galleries. Between 2001 and 2003 he specialized as a social documentary filmmaker and collaborated with the GlobalVision and Rossellini & Associati production companies. He now lives and works in Rome as a photographer, documentary filmmaker and communication consultant for multimedia projects.