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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.

« Vogliono trovare l’ORO, è stata la loro avidità che ha ucciso la maggior parte dei nostri anziani molto tempo fa! Gli uomini *bianchi con soldi vogliono di più. Vogliono distruggere di più. È la loro tradizione: non hanno limiti! »

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Casa comunale Yanomami nella foresta, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – foto: Barbara Crane Navarro « In passato, non dovevamo parlare della foresta con rabbia perché non conoscevamo tutti questi bianchi mangiatori di terra e…

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Our Actions are Our Future…EVERY DAY is #World Food Day! — Retired? No one told me!

Today October 16th 2021 the UN is making a call for action to make healthy and sustainable diets available and affordable to everyone. For the second year running, the world marks #WorldFoodDay whilst continuing to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, the … Continue reading

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Comunidades indígenas changas rechazan la tramitación del proyecto Dominga — Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina

El Mostrador 21/10/2021 Cinco comunidades changas firmaron una declaración donde expresan que los antecedentes revelados en las últimas semanas sobre la compra-venta de Dominga que involucran a la familia Piñera-Morel constituyen un punto relevante en el rechazo del proyecto por … Continue reading

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« Quieren encontrar ORO, ¡fue su codicia lo que mató a la mayoría de nuestros mayores hace mucho tiempo! Los hombres *blancos con dinero quieren más. Quieren destruir más. Es su tradición, ¡no tienen límites! »

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Entrada a la casa comunal Yanomami con piezas de madera que se utilizan para cerrar el espacio por la noche – Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – foto: Barbara Crane Navarro « En el pasado,…

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We, the peoples of the Amazon, are full of fear. Soon you will be too! — SACRATOMATOVILLE POST

Non-indigenous peoples have invaded our lands and are now burning even those small parts of the forests where we live, that you have left for us.’ Forest fires in Altamira, Pará state, Brazil. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images By: Raoni Metuktire/UK Guardian … Continue reading

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Why a soy roadmap could disconnect European meat consumption from South American deforestation – The Grocer —

Why a soy roadmap could disconnect European meat consumption from South American deforestation – The Grocer https://ift.tt/3vC5G7Q Why a soy roadmap could disconnect European meat consumption from South American deforestation  The Grocer Superforest via “deforestation” – Google News https://ift.tt/2tI2HiE Why a soy … Continue reading

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« Eles querem encontrar OURO – foi sua ganância que matou a maioria dos nossos anciãos há muito tempo! Homens *brancos com dinheiro querem mais. Eles querem destruir mais. É a tradição deles – eles não têm limites! »

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Casa comunal Yanomami na floresta, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – foto: Barbara Crane Navarro « No passado, não tínhamos que falar sobre a floresta com raiva porque não conhecíamos todos esses brancos devoradores de…

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Pensamentos Internacionalistas: Thomas More e a Utopia — Internacional da Amazônia

Vinicius Pontes – Acadêmico do 4° semestre de Relações Internacionais da UNAMA Thomas More foi um embaixador que nasceu na cidade de Londres, na Inglaterra, durante o ano de 1478. O autor ficou conhecido por ter escrito a obra “A … Continue reading

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“O Agro não é pop, o agro mata”: estudo aponta que a fome é resultado do agronegócio — Antropofagista

Para pesquisadores, o setor não só não mata a fome, como fomenta a desigualdade que a cria Dificilmente alguém não conhece as imagens coloridas e modernas da campanha “Agro é pop”, transmitidas na rede Globo desde 2016 e que passam … Continue reading

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« Ils veulent trouver de l’OR – C’est leur avidité qui a fait mourir la plupart de nos aînés il y a longtemps! Les hommes *blancs qui ont de l’argent en veulent plus. Ils veulent en détruire plus. C’est leur tradition – ils n’ont aucune limite ! »

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Yanomami shabono – maison communale, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuelaphoto – Barbara Crane Navarro « Dans le passé, nous n’étions pas obligés de parler de la forêt avec colère parce que nous ne connaissions pas…

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