Le paysan au repos(The Peasant at Rest)
19 x 14”, Digital Print on archival paper
Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 250
©2001 Djibril N’Doye
A very short rest! In the area where I grew up, I worked along with my family in traditional agriculture which involved intense physical labor. My father made sure that his children were educated in farming so that they would already know a lot about it by the age of six.
In that environment, a long rest is almost nonexistent. Resting too long depletes the body’s energy and makes one lazy to resume working. It is most important for the peasant to set a good example for his children how to develop endurance and to understand how rewarding it is to have a good harvest. That makes it worth all the hard work - especially for the peasant’s family to keep motivated to defend their honor and maintain their well being.