/ 2020 / Fine Art / People

Suri children

  • Prize
    Bronze in Fine Art/People
  • Photographer
    Sarah Wouters

Suri tribes live on the border of Ethiopia and South Sudan, Suri tribe members have their face and body painted with elaborate white designs and flowers and fruits covering their heads. In a bizarre ritual, female members of the tribe have distinctive clay discs inserted into holes in their bottom lip, which are considered signs of beauty. Cattle are enormously important to the Suri and bring status.

As well as being a source of milk and blood, cows are a store of wealth to be traded.