The Amazon Rainforest and Indigenous Forest Peoples in Peril! –  a series of short films by Barbara Crane Navarro – 2 – « The Fire Sculpture » 2:26


« Fire Performance » burning of one of my totemic sculptures and a traditional  Yanomami basket on a sandbank along the Orinoco river in Amazonas, Venezuela – photo: Barbara Crane Navarro

« The Fire Sculpture » alternates scenes of the « Fire Performance » burning of one of my totemic sculptures at Le Chaufferie in St. Maurice, France, with scenes of Yanomami daily life in their forest and village and the « Fire Performance » burning of one of my totemic sculptures and a traditional Yanomami basket on a sandbank along the Orinoco river in Amazonas, Venezuela.


« Fire Performance » burning of one of my totemic sculptures at La Chaufferie in St. Maurice, France – photo: Barbara Crane Navarro

More than wood or canvas, fire is the most essential element  of this sculpture. The ephemeral nature of the sculpture and the Yanomami basket reflects the fragility of its subject: oral cultures, immaterial and ancestral on the verge of disappearing…and the fragility of a forest, vital for humanity, on the verge of being destroyed.


Yanomami messengers walking through the forest to invite a neighboring village to a feast, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – photo (a still from film): Barbara Crane Navarro

Sound Design by  César Antonio Estay Herrera 

Here’s the film:


Yanomami in the river at the edge of their immense forest, Amazonas, Venezuela – photo (a still from film): Barbara Crane Navarro

For more information about the Rainforest Art Project, please see my website here:

http://www.barbaranavarro.com

And here in a blog by Palm Oil Detectives:

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/114089794/posts/3744071063


Yanomami messenger, with bow and arrows and a homegrown tobacco wad in his cheek, walking through the forest to invite a neighboring village to a feast, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – photo (a still from film): Barbara Crane Navarro

Thank you so much for appreciating my work! Barbara

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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