Exhibition during COP27 from 30 October – 20 November 2022

I’ve organized a climate-related art exhibition during the « UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties » every year since 2015.

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« The Burnt Forest »
Sculpture – metal and wood – 50×197
Barbara Crane Navarro

« We are losing our suicidal war against nature » said UN Secretary-General António Guterres. « Countries must work now to achieve a sustainable future for people and the planet or humanity’s reckless interference with nature will have permanent consequences. 

Together with the COP, it should lay the foundations for a permanent peace agreement. »

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« The Tree Veterinarians » 
Photo Collage – 40×50
Angle & Dawn

Describing Indigenous peoples as « stewards of biodiversity » he stressed that Indigenous rights must be recognized. 

Fire is ravaging the Amazon, and Indigenous peoples of the region call for International protection of the world’s largest rainforest. 

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« Witnessing the Forest Burning »
Photos of Fire Sculpture Performanceprinted on canvas – 40×80
Christian Savy

The formerly colonized and pillaged continents of the global south; Latin America and Africa, are on the front line of the climate crisis

International corporations have replaced the earlier European colonizers, extracting gold, diamonds, oil and other precious metals and mineral resources, logging exotic wood and trafficking wildlife.

Illegally mined gold is laundered in the legal gold market, providing huge profits for drug cartels and organized criminals. Supply chains are linked to human trafficking, forced labor, child abuse and other human rights violations.

The pillage continues unabated…

« The Forest Is Burning – Refection on the River »
Painting – mixed technique on canvas – 85×91
Barbara Crane Navarro

Humanity has a legal right to a healthy environment. 

A Global Biodiversity Framework must work in collaboration with the  Paris Agreement on climate change and support national policies that address the principal factors of biodiversity loss, particularly rampant, unsustainable consumption. 

It must end perverse subsidies, including to agriculture, that make it profitable to devastate nature and pollute the environment. Development Banks should play a key role in scaling up climate finance and redirect funds toward repairing the damage that has been done to nature.

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« Piaroa community house in the Amazon Rainforest »
Maquette – 31×34
Jean José Cadhilac 

It must work to transform national and global accounting systems, so they reflect the true cost of economic activities, including their impact on nature and the climate. 

Delivering the post-2020 framework will require support to developing countries, including significant financial resources and the transfer of technology.

« As COP27 approaches, it is essential for all humanity that we fulfill the promise of the Paris Agreement. »

« Our response today does not match the magnitude of the challenge we are facing »

Future conflicts will not be over gold and oil, but for access to water and food.

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« Time is Running Out! 1 »
Photo: Exhibition: I AM THE CLIMATE –



Exhibition from 30 October – 20 November 2022

Painting, sculpture, installation: Barbara Crane Navarro

Painting: Constance Mallinson, Yanomami artists

Photo collage: Angle & Dawn

Photo: Christian Savy

Maquette: Jean José Cadilhac

Film projection: Barbara Crane Navarro, Ramiro Magalhães

Sound Design: César Antonio Estay Herrera

If you would like to schedule a visit at the Bridge Gallery, 77140 Nemours, France, please contact me at:



More information regarding the exhibition « Pas de Cartier » is here:

« No to GOLD! – Pas de Cartier ! » Yanomami and Trees – Gold Mining and Gold Luxury items / Exhibition 2022

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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4 Responses to I AM THE CLIMATE – 2022 – NEMOURS

  1. Ashley says:

    Barbara, I admire your amazing commitment to challenging the institutions and organisations that need to change if humanity is to survive. Thank you 💓🌹🙋‍♂️ My real concern is that nothing will change until millions of people lose their lives and even then, those with the power, and the money, will simply live on higher ground (to avoid the flooding) or else like William Shatner (Captain Kirk) leave the planet altogether! 😒

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