Treespiracy: Forests are being destroyed against a background of corruption, illegality and apathy — Palm Oil Detectives – Please Boycott ALL products of Deforestation; gold, palm oil, exotic wood, soy, beef, leather, etc!

The world’s forests are being destroyed against a background of corruption, illegality and apathy. This article was originally published in The Ecologist magazine, 28th March, 2022 #Deforestation occurs against a background of #crime and #corruption […]

Treespiracy: Forests are being destroyed against a background of corruption, illegality and apathy — Palm Oil Detectives

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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5 Responses to Treespiracy: Forests are being destroyed against a background of corruption, illegality and apathy — Palm Oil Detectives – Please Boycott ALL products of Deforestation; gold, palm oil, exotic wood, soy, beef, leather, etc!

  1. picpholio says:

    It worries me that so few people “like” this blog, not because of the fact itself but because of lack of interest it seems. This matter belongs to every one on earth !

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  2. pflkwy says:

    Concordo com a destruição a nível mundial, principalmente no Continente Europeu e no Sub Continente da América do norte. Quando alguns que se diz especialistas diz que as florestas tropicais são apenas as responsáveis pelo descontrole do clima no planeta, me recuso acreditar nesses estudos.
    Te pergunto porque as ONGs estão levando índios para aprenderem inglês no EUA e Europa Ocidental. Será que há algo por trás, será que não estão destruindo a sua cultura? Lembre-se que a Amazônia com sua fauna e flora pertence ao Sub-Continente Sul?

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