Is Art just another luxury item? – Pas de Cartier !

Articles published during the Fondation Cartier’s exhibition “The Yanomami Struggle” did not take into account the fact that the Cartier Foundation “supports” a people, the Yanomami, who are victim of an activity, dirty blood gold extraction, which precisely enriches the Cartier luxury jewelry company!

Barbara Crane Navarro

The Cartier Foundation is currently presenting the exhibition “The Yanomami Struggle” while the Yanomami are currently struggling against the gold industry which is destroying their territory!

Instead of delivering speeches inside during the opening on January 30, 2019, representatives from Survival, and I quote from their website, “We are fighting for the survival of Indigenous peoples. We prevent loggers, gold miners and oil companies from destroying the land, life and future of Indigenous peoples around the world” should have been outside the Cartier Foundation protesting with signs with: “Stop the greenwashing of blood gold and blood diamonds!” and “Pas de Cartier!”…

The previous exhibition at Cartier was “We the Trees” and I wonder which trees they were referring to exactly when it’s necessary to uproot the trees and poison the rivers and soil in order to extract gold for Cartier watches and jewelry.

None of their luxury gold baubles are…

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About Barbara Crane Navarro - Rainforest Art Project

I'm a French artist living near Paris. From 1968 to 1973 I studied at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, then at the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California, for my BFA. My work for many decades has been informed and inspired by time spent with indigenous communities. Various study trips devoted to the exploration of techniques and natural pigments took me originally to the Dogon of Mali, West Africa, and subsequently to Yanomami communities in Venezuela and Brazil. Over many years, during the winters, I studied the techniques of traditional Bogolan painting. Hand woven fabric is dyed with boiled bark from the Wolo tree or crushed leaves from other trees, then painted with mud from the Niger river which oxidizes in contact with the dye. Through the Dogon and the Yanomami, my interest in the multiplicity of techniques and supports for aesthetic expression influenced my artistic practice. The voyages to the Amazon Rainforest have informed several series of paintings created while living among the Yanomami. The support used is roughly woven canvas prepared with acrylic medium then textured with a mixture of sand from the river bank and lava. This supple canvas is then rolled and transported on expeditions into the forest. They are then painted using a mixture of acrylic colors and Achiote and Genipap, the vegetal pigments used by the Yanomami for their ritual body paintings and on practical and shamanic implements. My concern for the ongoing devastation of the Amazon Rainforest has inspired my films and installation projects. Since 2005, I've created a perfomance and film project - Fire Sculpture - to bring urgent attention to Rainforest issues. To protest against the continuing destruction, I've publicly set fire to my totemic sculptures. These burning sculptures symbolize the degradation of nature and the annihilation of indigenous cultures that depend on the forest for their survival.
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3 Responses to Is Art just another luxury item? – Pas de Cartier !

  1. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations, Barbara!

    I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    Liked by 1 person

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