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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.

A month of violent attacks by gold miners against Yanomami communities without protection from the Brazilian state! – «If the gold miners dig everywhere, the forest’s rivers will be full of mud, motor oil, and trash. They wash their gold powder in the streams, mixing it with mercury – dirty and dangerous…» 

A conflict erupted on April 27, when a group of Yanomami intercepted illegal gold miners who were going up the Rio Uraricoera in a speedboat loaded with fuel for their planes, helicopters and the industrial excavating machines they use for … Continue reading

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Brazil: Indigenous communities reel from illegal gold mining — The Free

Spike in violence linked to illegal mining activities prompts Indigenous communities to demand protection. By Sam Cowie at Al Jazeera shared with thanks 14 Jun 2021 A Yanomami man stands near an illegal gold mine during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against … Continue reading

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“Biosphere reserves: Mobilizing against deforestation in the Amazon.” UNESCO has partnered with LVMH, the luxury goods group, to fight against the direct and indirect drivers of deforestation in the Amazonian region? – Is UNESCO Greenwashing the luxury LVMH brand ???

Biosphere reserves: Mobilizing against deforestation in the Amazon – India Education Diary https://ift.tt/2Sf3La6 Biosphere reserves: Mobilizing against deforestation in the Amazon  India Education Diary Superforest via “deforestation” – Google News https://ift.tt/2Pik6Fi Biosphere reserves: Mobilizing against deforestation in the Amazon – India Education … Continue reading

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« Il Valore dell’Oro che bramano così tanto – Il nostro vero patrimonio sono le cose della foresta: le sue acque, i pesci, la selvaggina, gli alberi e frutti. Non merce! »

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Bambino Yanomami in piccola canoa sul fiume, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela « Quando un essere umano muore, il suo fantasma non trasporta nessuno dei suoi beni in il retro di al cielo, anche se…

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The Secret Language of Trees — msamba

[…] Credits: Narrator: Stephanie Sammann Writer: Lorraine Boissoneault Editor: Dylan Hennessy (https://www.behance.net/dylanhennessy1) Illustrator/Animator: Kirtan Patel (https://kpatart.com/illustrations) Animator: Mike Ridolfi (https://www.moboxgraphics.com/) Sound: Graham Haerther (https://haerther.net) Thumbnail: Simon Buckmaster (https://twitter.com/forgottentowel) Producer: Brian McManus (https://www.youtube.com/c/realenginee…) Imagery courtesy of Getty Images References: [1] https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/…Continue reading

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Legal mining increasingly ravages forests in megadiversity hotspot – Science X —

Legal mining increasingly ravages forests in megadiversity hotspot – Science X https://ift.tt/34reOiL Legal mining increasingly ravages forests in megadiversity hotspot  Science X Superforest via “deforestation” – Google News https://ift.tt/2Pik6Fi Legal mining increasingly ravages forests in megadiversity hotspot – Science X —

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« El Valor del Oro que tanto codician – Nuestros bienes reales son las cosas del bosque: sus aguas, pescado, caza, árboles y frutos. ¡No mercancía! »

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Niña Yanomami, cara pintada con Achiote,Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – foto: Barbara Crane Navarro « Cuando un ser humano muere, su fantasma no lleva ninguno de sus bienes a la espalda del cielo, incluso…

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Watch “Top Gold Producing Countries per year | Flags and Countries ranked by Gold Production” on YouTube — Economy Horizons

Me: PLEASE DO NOT BUY OR USE GOLD!As much as 75% of the gold extracted each year is used for jewelry, watches and other vain and futile status symbols sold by corporations in the luxury industry as well as discount … Continue reading

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« O amor as mercadorias » a floresta eviscerada pelos garimpeiros que priva as vidas dos povos indígenas de seu núcleo essencial ! — Mágica Mistura

Publicado originalmente em Barbara Crane Navarro: « “São os brancos que ganham e acumulam mercadorias! O pensamento deles está tão apegado a ele que, se o danificarem enquanto ainda está brilhando, eles ficam tão furiosos que choram! 40 more words « … Continue reading

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« O Valor do Ouro que eles tanto ambicionam – Nossos bens reais são as coisas da floresta: suas águas, seus peixes, sua caça, suas árvores e seus frutos. Sem mercadoria! »

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Criança Yanomami brincando na água do rio, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – foto: Barbara Crane Navarro « Quando um ser humano morre, seu fantasma não carrega nenhum de seus bens nas costas do céu,…

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