Himba Child in the Hut

  • Giulio D'Ercole
  • 2010
  • Inv. No. 58.15.04
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Ritratto, Persone
Size M
40x60cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Unframed Mounting
40x60cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting

Small African houses built with simple materials offer fascinating solutions for playing with light, which the Africans’ skin and eyes reflect extraordinarily. Entering them through seemingly hidden openings, one can grasp those evanescent scenarios playfully sketched out by the encounters and clashes between the sun and the smoke from fireplaces. The Himba, a nomadic pastoral people, populate these impromptu scenarios in northern Namibia. By tradition, those who have not reached puberty yet wear a braid on their shaved heads: just like the girl in this photograph, although her steady, proud eyes evoke those of a mature and determined woman. Her face, standing out in the darkness of the African hut, is perfectly balanced between light and shadow, with the braid forming a boundary between the two, symbolizing her halfway status at an existential ford in which everything is unfolding yet everything has already been decided.
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.