Martin Gusinde

The spirit of the Tierra del Fuego people, Selk’nam,Yamana, Kawésqar

Originally a missionary, German-born Martin Gusinde (1886-1969) was also active as a cultural anthropologist and for extended periods between 1918 and 1924 resided in Tierra del Fuego, the archipelago at the southern tip of South America’s Patagonia region. His photographs of the time record the area’s indigenous peoples: the Selk’nam, the Yamana and the Alakalufe, who were later driven to extinction. Clad in animal hides and facemasks, bodies covered in ritual markings, their impressive appearance presents valuable insights into their culture and way of life. This showing marks the start of a worldwide touring exhibition timed to coincide with the publication of Gusinde’s photographic collection, Martin Gusinde: Selk’nam, Yamana & Alakaluf de Tierra del Fuego.

The exhibition venue is the Paper Tube Pavilion, a project realized by the Kyoto University of Art and Design in collaboration with world-renowned architect and winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize, Shigeru Ban.


Martin Gusinde, Ulen, the male clown, initiation ceremony of the Hain, a Selk’nam rite, 1918-1924, ca. © Martin Gusinde / Anthropos Institut / Éditions Xavier Barral

③Kyoto City Hall open square

488 Teramachi-Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8571
Subway Tozai Line “Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station” 1 min. on foot from exit 15
Keihan Line “Sanjo Station” 7 min. on foot from exit 12

Open Everyday

Admission Fee:Adults, Students (University, High school students) 500 yen

[Related program]

Floor talk: Martin Gusinde & the people of Tierra del Fuego 4/18 14:30-16:00
Night opening and torch viewing 5/1 ~ 10 20:00-21:00

city© 2015 Naoyuki Ogino