Is Art just another luxury item? – Pas de Cartier ! – updated ! — Barbara Crane Navarro — Tiny Life

The Fondation Cartier presents the exhibition « The Yanomami Struggle » while the Yanomami are struggling against the gold industry which is destroying their territory and against the gold miners who are spreading the coronavirus! Yes, the Cartier Foundation “supports” a people, the Yanomami, victims of an activity, the extraction of dirty gold, which precisely enriches the […] […]

Is Art just another luxury item? – Pas de Cartier ! – updated ! — Barbara Crane Navarro — Tiny Life

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 Is Art just another luxury item? – Pas de Cartier ! – updated ! — Barbara Crane Navarro — Tiny Life

  1. Pingback: Is Art just another luxury item? – Pas de Cartier ! – updated ! — Barbara Crane Navarro — Tiny Life — Barbara Crane Navarro | Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News

  2. Reblogged this on Barbara Crane Navarro and commented:

    To paraphrase Davi Kopenawa: “The luxury jewelry industry is a trap for the Yanomami people. Cartier uses their “friendship” to deceive and manipulate us. What they want is to extract our wealth and send it to other countries. The wealth of our Yanomami land, they will take it and send it to China, Japan, Germany and elsewhere. It’s their way of thinking. It’s their concern, earning money, earning money to get rich.”

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