Yanomami mère et bébé, Amazonas, Venezuela

Comme le dit le porte-parole des Yanomami Davi Kopenawa dans le chapitre “La fumée du métal” de son livre “La chute du ciel”: “Maintenant, les mineurs d’or rendre la forêt puante avec les fumées de leurs moteurs et les vapeurs de l’or et du mercure qu’ils brûlent ensemble . … cela finit par nous rendre malades. Son poison est redoutable. Nous ne savons pas comment le combattre. C’est pourquoi nous sommes si inquiets. … Si la pensée des Blancs ne change pas de chemin, nous craignons qu’elle ne le fasse tuez-nous tous, puis empoisonnez-les aussi.”


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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1 Response to Yanomami mère et bébé, Amazonas, Venezuela

  1. nedhamson says:

    Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News and commented:
    As Yanomami spokesman Davi Kopenawa says in the chapter “Metal Smoke” of his book “Falling from the Sky”: “Now the gold miners are making the forest stink with the fumes from their engines and the vapors of gold and mercury which they burn together. … It ends up making us sick. Its poison is formidable. We don’t know how to fight it. That’s why we’re so worried. … If the thought of white people does not change course, we fear it will kill us all, then poison them too. “

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