On the other side of the world in a remote area ofChina people gather to watch buffalos fight. In Wallis province, Switzerland, groupseagerly congregate to watch cow fights in a tradition that has numerousparallels.
Thousands of miles separate the two cultures, so howcan it be that men so far from one another have such a similar custom? Is theresome historical reason or it is social or perhaps even a question of nature?This question is the subject of the photographic exhibition I held at maé inSembrancher, Switzerland, in 2009 and in nine different cities of China in 2009.
The exhibition is a comparative look at the passion ofmen and their animals in China and Switzerland.
Living in a world where more and more traditionalcultures are disappearing in favour of more economically viable lifestyles,I felt it was important to highlight the similarities between these customsto illustrate their importance. These similarities are in fact linked by thesimilar needs of those who practice them, needs stemming from theirenvironment, their social and economic system and even from the religionspractised by different peoples with all their specific requirements.
If there is a message to pop out of the exhibition, it would be that, fora comprehensive dialogue, we have to look at the similarities before seeing thedifferences. We can talk more easily to people who are like us….