« In the absence of the sacred, everything is for sale. »

Rainforest near tepui Yapacana along the Orinoco river, Amazonas, Venezuela – photo: Barbara Crane Navarro

« The environnent isn’t over here. The environment isn’t over there. You are the environment.

What you people call your natural resources our people call our relatives. »

– Oren Lyons, Seneca Nation

We need to worship the forest,  rivers, the sky – Nature – again…

Please watch this 2 minute 27 second film showing instants of Yanomami life in Amazonas, Venezuela and the art performance “The Fire Sculpture” burning on the banks of the Orinoco river to protest ongoing destruction of the rainforest and the degradation of indigenous lives:

NO to Maduro’s Orinoco Mining Arc destruction of indigenous lands in Venezuela!

NO to Bolsonaro’s removal of protections for indigenous territories in Brazil!


And please give gifts that don’t destroy nature and the lives of indigenous peoples!

THE EXHIBITION IS PROLONGED – “Pas de Cartier !” – Yanomami and Trees – Gold Mining and Gold Luxury items / COVID-19 propagated by Gold Miners…now through November 12th 2021

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 « In the absence of the sacred, everything is for sale. »

  1. mizlatea says:

    Barbara and Readers,
    Please tweet links to this article to Mr. Bolsonaro, Mr. Biden, and Mr. Maduro.
    They need to know the world is watching.

    Liked by 2 people

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