«NOMADIC» Photo show
Landscapes and portraits / nomadic equestrian games (Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan)
50 photos exhibited – 60×40 cm to 120×80 cm formats
LANDSCAPES AND PORTRAITS / CENTRAL ASIA
This exhibition is composed like a travel log and, in its first part, presents a selection of portraits and landscapes taken in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan between 2009 and 2014. «These portraits are those of encounters, each face is known and familiar, moments of sharing where bringing out the camera is not a sham but self-evident.»
The second part of the exhibition presents a selection of photos taken
from a report on the first «nomadic games» which took place in September
2014 in Kyrgyzstan. The «nomadic» equivalent of our Olympic Games, these games brought together, for the first time, all the countries of Central Asia, with the aim of promoting the history of nomadic nations, their traditions, their way of life and their culture.
Kok boru (or Afghan Buzkashi) literally means «goat catcher» and is a traditional nomadic equestrian sport, played by men only. Riders try to catch the carcass of a decapitated goat and bring it to a zone called the «Circle of Justice». A distant predecessor of polo, it is a much wilder version. Kok boru: Kok ‘blue’, Boru ‘Wolf’, means the Grey Wolf – the sacred symbol of the Turkish peoples.