A creative and original campaign led by Júnior Hekurari Yanomami to bring global awareness of the true cost of gold mining damage to Yanomami Indigenous communities was launched in order to coincide with the 2023 Oscars ceremony in Hollywood.
Below is the video that Oscar nominees received to publicize the harm caused by illegal gold mining:
« Congratulations on your nomination.
One of the biggest symbols of success can soon be in your hands, the Oscar. But your symbol of success costs too much for our people. That is why I offer you a different statue, our hero. Omama is the creator and warrior of the Amazon and the Yanomami people. Omama protects us. But even Omama needs allies in the fight against illegal gold mining.
Please, help us »
Twenty nominees in the main Oscars categories received a wooden statuette of the Yanomami deity Omama as part of a campaign against illegal gold mining.
This excellent initiative reminds us all that gold is a colonial relic and that we must change the unsustainable cultural habit of admiring & wearing gold for futile and superficial ideas of status and value.
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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