“Cuando cortas los árboles asaltas los espíritus de nuestros antepasados. Cuando buscas minerales, atraviesas el corazón de la Tierra…”


Foto: Ricardo Stuckert « Serie de indios brasileños »

“Cuando cortas los árboles asaltas los espíritus de nuestros antepasados. Cuando buscas minerales, atraviesas el corazón de la Tierra. Y cuando viertes venenos en la tierra y en los ríos, químicos de la agricultura y mercurio de las minas de oro, debilitas los espíritus, las plantas, los animales y la tierra misma. Cuando debilitas la tierra así, comienza a morir. Si la tierra muere, si nuestra Tierra muere, ninguno de nosotros podrá vivir, y nosotros también moriremos.” – cacique Raoni Metuktire 


Foto: Destrucción por minas de oro en la selva amazónica.
“Mineros de oro destrozan el bosque” – dibujo en papel – Anaomi Yanomami

La extracción de oro y el uso indiscriminado de mercurio para encontrar oro convierten partes de los ecosistemas con mayor biodiversidad del mundo en un paisaje lunar de pesadilla.

¡POR FAVOR NO COMPRE NI UTILICE ORO!

La extracción de oro y el uso indiscriminado de mercurio para encontrar oro convierten partes de los ecosistemas con mayor biodiversidad del mundo en un paisaje lunar de pesadilla.

Y, por favor, ¡dé regalos que no destruyan la naturaleza y la vida de los pueblos indígenas!


Foto: Ricardo Stuckert « Serie de indios brasileños »

Vea esta película de 48 segundos de la instalación de luz « La lucha de los chamanes Yanomami contra el humo de las epidemias de xawara » que se incluye aquí:

EXTENDIDA LA EXPOSICIÓN – “Pas de Cartier !” – Los Yanomami y los árboles – Oro minero y oro de lujo / COVID-19 difundido por Mineros de oro… ahora hasta el 12 de noviembre 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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2 Responses to “Cuando cortas los árboles asaltas los espíritus de nuestros antepasados. Cuando buscas minerales, atraviesas el corazón de la Tierra…”

  1. nedhamson says:

    Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News and commented:
    Destruction due to the extraction of gold in the Amazon rainforest – “When you cut down the trees you assault the spirits of our ancestors. When you search for minerals, you go through the heart of the Earth … “

    Liked by 1 person

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