Roy Wagner told it describing his first contact with the Daribi of New Guinea. The misunderstanding. Their ontology is quite different than others. Their understanding of the world is quite different than others. But do we need to go so far? Do we need to travel to New Guinea in order to meet new ontology? In Europe (and also in the United States, Australia, etc…) we do everything in order to integrate immigrants. We try to understand. But we will never do. Because we have our own ontology. And our ontology does not allow us to understand. We can only make our own pictures. Those pictures can help to learn our own ontology. But not other ontologies. Even if we try to understand, we are trapped in our picture of the world. We have tried to document it and have photographed street art (paste-up, objects, graffiti).
All photos ©by Zenvampires.
We do not know all the artists.
*Wagner, Roy, 1981 The Invention of Culture