Waika - Amazon - Brazil
Biami - West territory - Papua New Guinea
Medang - Iran Java - Papua New Guinea
Aborigines - Australia
Toradaja - Sulawesi - Indonesia
Selk'nam - Tierra del Fuego - Cile
Shuar - Jivaro - Amazon - Peru
Karo - Omo Valley - Ethiopia
Senoufo - Mali - Cote d'Ivoire - Burkina faso
Maori - New Zeland
Surma - Ethiopia
Sauk Suiattle - Canada
Kuna - Melanesia - New Caledonia
... The different tribal symbols painted on the faces of ordinary people - students, employees, workers - have been reinterpreted in a modern way, by "wearing" each time a mask that changes the identity, they express the possible development of an urban anthropology with new meanings. Just like indigenous peoples have for centuries used the tattoo art (or brandings like piercings) as a statement on the role in the group or to determine the sense of belonging to a social class or a certain ethnic group, so has western culture revised these myths, until they have become fashionable on a planetary scale.
It would be coherent to think (or at least artistically imagine), that in a not too distant future the same contamination could occur in the extreme make-up of some traditional practices, leading a new generation of boys and girls to use a tribal make up to escape from the banality of everyday life and reaffirm their identity. All the clothes and accessories used for the portraits are deliberately trendy, typically European, a strong contradiction with the symbols painted on their faces; demonstrating a relationship between two extremes, in a strong attachment to our only planet, for a dialogue among cultures.

Andrea Gambetta

From: " THE LAST BREATH ON EARTH" - the Trilogy - Ed. Academia Universa Press - 2012