La Terre n’est pas une marchandise et nous faisons tous partie de la nature – actualisé

Barbara Crane Navarro

Interview | L’écrivain et chef indigène Ailton Krenak estime que la Terre est un organisme vivant et que, si l’humanité continue au rythme prédateur qu’elle vit, elle entrera dans la liste des espèces menacées.

Photo: Neto Gonçalves / Companhia das Letras

“Nous connaissons la fièvre de la planète.” C’est ce que dit Ailton Krenak et que, apparemment, une partie importante de l’humanité ne se rend pas compte – ou bien, nie. L’élévation de la température sur la planète est une réaction; montre que l’organisme terrestre réagit aux actions prédatrices et destructrices des êtres humains, mais nous sommes tellement concentrés sur nous-mêmes que nous ne pouvons pas ressentir cette déconnexion. «Nous avons décollé du corps terrestre», dit Krenak. Nous avons divorcé, pensant que nous pourrions vivre seuls. À une condition: extraire, dominer, explorer tout ce qui vient de Gaia. Nous sommes divorcés de cet organisme qui nous abrite, mais nous l’usurpons…

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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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