Mãe e criança Yanomami, Amazonas, Venezuela

Como diz o porta-voz Yanomami Davi Kopenawa no capítulo “Fumaça de Metal” de seu livro “A Queda do Céu”: “Agora os garimpeiros estão fazendo a floresta feder com a fumaça de seus motores e os vapores de ouro e mercúrio que queimam juntos … acaba nos deixando doentes. Seu veneno é formidável. Não sabemos como lutar contra isso. É por isso que estamos tão preocupados. … Se o pensamento dos brancos não mudar de rumo, tememos que nos mate a todos, então os envenena também”.

https://barbara-navarro.com/2020/04/12/a-corrida-do-ouro-covid-19-e-o-genocidio-yanomami/

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 Mãe e criança Yanomami, Amazonas, Venezuela

  1. nedhamson says:

    Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News and commented:
    As spokesman Yanomami Davi Kopenawa says in the “Metal Smoke” chapter of his book “The Fall from Heaven”: “Now the prospectors are making the forest stink with the smoke from their engines and the vapors of gold and mercury that burn together … it ends up making us sick. Your poison is formidable. We don’t know how to fight it. That is why we are so concerned. … If the whites’ thinking does not change course, we fear that it will kill us all, then it poisons them too ”.

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