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First World Exhibition

The « Tribal World » exhibit will features twelve isolated ethnic groups from around the world (Amazonia, Africa, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea). The 12 displays will present each tribe with a collection of large size photographs intertwined with artifacts, tools, and memorabilia pertaining to each ethnic group. 12 flat screen televisions, one per display, will run documentaries about each tribe.

Our objective is to try and immerse the visitors in these little known cultures, allow them to have a feel of the beauty, the way of life, customs and traditions of this vanishing world of hunters and gatherers.

The First World Exhibition starts in the magnificent setting of the
Neumünster abbey in the heart of the old city of Luxembourg
June 17, 2011 - July 10, 2011.

Download the invitation here.


The exhibit is available for rentals worldwide; lectures by Mr. Dutilleux are available on request.
For rates and availibility contact: jpdutilleux@gmail.com

See photos of the world premiere in Luxemburg June 17, 2011

Tribal Photo

Artist Statement

"For more than thirty years, I’ve been going to the encounter of tribes and ethnic groups that are still living away from the modern world. This long journey took me to some remote places and to the less known parts of our planet, because that’s where the last groups of the “First World” are.

About sixty tribes visited, thirty movies, thousands of pictures, many documentaries and five books reflect this bewitchment that I felt from the first time that I saw in 1973, this alive testimony of our far past history. In spite of the numerous difficulties, the survivors of the Stone Age succeeded to go through the time and survive until these days. Yet, the day before the third millenary, they could all disappear from the planet. The patrimony of knowledge that they’ve been saving until today will go away with them.

My wish results in making people feel like learning more on this threaten people and wanting to make things change, thanks to my pictures, films and books. I would like people to join me in this battle for the correct recognition of their rights. With my ethnographic work, I am trying to capture the traditions and ways of life from this tribal world, before they get altered. This happens inevitably when these communities come across the modern world.

This is the reason why I never want to be the first one coming upon them. It’s always better to leave this people isolated. But when the first contact has been made, and before it is too late, it is essential to photograph them. Not only for the memory of the Humanity, but also and mainly for themselves. In fact, they don’t know how to write and these images will be in a few decades, the only trace of their history

Most tribes live in endangered environments. They are the protectors of these preserved and unpolluted territories on earth. This “First World” is sadly and inevitably disappearing. Sometimes, I have the feeling that I am doing the same job that was doing Edward Curtis, the photographer who immortalized the Indians from Northern America in the last century.

In the end, the objective of this combination of pictures and tribal stuff is to give a third dimension to the shots. In this way, I hope to create a real proximity between the one who’s looking and the one who’s getting watched. For a very long time, I’ve been dreaming about building this bridge between the “First World” and the “The World of the Firsts"."

Jean-Pierre Dutilleux

The 12 displays (photographs, artifacts, music and film) depict 12 tribes:

Agta (Philippines) - At the Edge of the World - The Agtas live in almost complete isolation, alternating between the jungle and the vast beaches on a remote island of the Philippines. See more.

Asmat (New Guinea) - The Fine Arts of War - A former Dutch colony, Irian Jaya is in the western half of the island of New Guinea. It is the largest and most inhospitable province of Indonesia. See more.

Awa Guaja (Brazil) - People Beyond Time - In the heart of the dwindling Brazilian rainforest are vanishing people dependent on the jungle for what they need to live.See more.

Iawalapiti (Brazil) - Tribal Heaven - The Iawalapitis live in the Upper Xingu river region of the state of Matto Grosso in Brazil. They share this land with a dozen other tribes, forming a sort of society of nations in which each tribe is distinguished by its different skills while sharing the same philosophy and way of life. See more.

Kayapo (Brazil) - Raoni, Keeper of the Rainforest - Raoni, the supreme chief of the Kayapo tribe in the Amazon, shares his view of the world. Viewers witness a secret healing ritual and a rare initiation for young warriors. See more.

Korowai (Irian-Jaya, Indonesia) - The Last Cannibals - Cannibalism is part of a system revolving around the Kakua, a clandestine witch doctor obsessed with the taste of human flesh. See more.

Masuane (Moluccus islands) - Unknown Tribe of Spice Islands - Isolated by the Indonesian government in the remote Spice Islands lie the shamanistic tribes of the Masuane, known to possess mysterious magical powers. See more.

Mikea (Madagascar) - The Gentle People - Most of the islanders even today still refuse to believe that the Mikea exist. Jean-Pierre meets with this elusive tribe which wishes to stay away from the outside world. See more.

Mursi (Ethiopia) - Wild Women of Ethiopia - The Omo Valley is home to one of Africa's most fascinating tribes. Mursai women wear lip plates as a sign of wealth and beauty. See more.

Poturu, also known as Zoé (Brazil) - People of the Moon - The last vestige of an astonishing tribe makes it home in the Amazonian rainforest. They take their name from the large wooden plug that pierces their bottom lip. See more.

Toulambi (Papua-New-Guinea) - First Contact - Braving torrential rains in remote Papua, New Guinea, Jean-Pierre encounters the most isolated nomadic tribe in the world. See more.

Una (Irian-Jaya, Indonesia) - Stone Age - There is only one place on Earth where man still makes tools from polished stone: in New Guinea, the world's second largest island, found North of Australia. Until the 1960's, this region was entirely unknown to the rest of mankind. See more.

Past Exhibitions

Nesle Gallery– Paris, 2010
Nathalie Gaillard Gallery – Paris, 2009
Visa pour l’image (International festival of photo reporting) – Retrospective Dutilleux, Perpignan, 2003
Lafayette Galleries – Gallery of galleries - Paris, 2002
Flak Gallery– Paris, 2002
Coprim Foundation for contemporary art– Paris, 2001
Photographs Tour on Amazonia – sponsored by Sebastian International Company:
Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Rhodes Island, Cleveland, Montréal, Oslo, Santo Domingo