THE EXHIBITION IS PROLONGED – “Pas de Cartier !” – Yanomami and Trees – Gold Mining and Gold Luxury items / COVID-19 propagated by Gold Miners…now through February 7th 2021

“The Yanomami shamans who fight the xawara epidemic see the disease’s image appear in the form of strips of scarlet fabric. The xawara epidemic is approaching and its smoke is glowing red! It is making the sky become ghost and is devouring all the human beings in its path! It must be driven away!” – Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami spokesman, Roraima, Brazil, from his book ” The Falling Sky ” – 2013.

Shamans in the Alto Orinoco region of Amazonas, Venezuela, described – oru a wakëxi – the gold smoke to me in these terms decades before I read Davi’s words. Dreaming in my hammock in the Yanomami shabono, I saw the totemic sculpture I would later create when I returned to Paris. In another dream, I saw my sculpture burning. I planned to burn a sculpture publicly in 2003 but didn’t find a site to burn one until 2005. I’ve burned seven since: http://www.barbaranavarro.com These burning sculptures symbolize the degradation of nature and the annihilation of indigenous cultures that depend on the forest for their survival. In the 1980s, 20 percent of the Yanomami died in only seven years after gold-miners invaded their land, ravaging communities from diseases. Gold miners are now propagating coronavirus among Yanomami communities in Brazil and Venezuela.

Barbara Crane Navarro

“Yanomami shamans struggle againstxawara– smoke of epidemics”
installation – mixed media
Barbara Crane Navarro

“The Yanomami shamans who fight the xawara epidemic see the disease’s image appear in the form of strips of scarlet fabric. The xawara epidemic is approaching and its smoke is glowing red! It is making the sky become ghost and is devouring all the human beings in its path! It must be driven away!” – Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami spokesman, Roraima, Brazil, from his book ” The Falling Sky” – 2013.

Shamans in the Alto Orinoco region of Amazonas, Venezuela, described oru a wakëxi – the gold smoke – to me in these terms decades before I read Davi’s words. Dreaming in my hammock in the Yanomami shabono, I saw the totemic sculpture I would later create when I returned to Paris.In another dream, I saw my sculpture burning. I planned to burn a sculpture…

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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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