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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.

Queimadas em 2022 na Amazônia já superam todo o ano de 2021!

Em apenas oito meses, o bioma registrou 75.592 focos de calor, contra 75.090 no ano anterior Sobrevoo em Porto Velho, na região da Amacro (Amazonas, Acre e Rondônia), em uma área com cerca de 8.000 hectares de desmatamento – a … Continue reading

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Amazon deforestation: Brazil fails to protect world’s largest rainforest! – Washington Post — Ned Hamson’s Second Line View of the News

Source: Amazon deforestation: Brazil fails to protect world’s largest rainforest – Washington Post Amazon deforestation: Brazil fails to protect world’s largest rainforest – Washington Post — Ned Hamson’s Second Line View of the News

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« Ativismo ambiental é o que já fazemos, é o nosso modo de vida. Nós somos o meio ambiente! »

Porque os últimos quatro anos das violentas políticas anti-Indígenas de Bolsonaro e a aceleração do saque da natureza foram tão devastadores, Sonia Guajajara, chefe da ONG APIB, a Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil, está concorrendo ao Congresso. As eleições … Continue reading

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A Devastating Burning Season for the Brazilian Amazon! — HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch By Luciana Téllez Chávez, Researcher, Environment and Human Rights | Human Rights Watch* Illegal Deforestation Linked to Violence, Loss of Livelihoods for Communities. Fire consumes land deforested by cattle farmers ranchers near Novo Progresso, Para Pará State, … Continue reading

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Animales, las víctimas “invisibles” de los incendios forestales — Stigmatis

Incendios forestales | Por Ana Tuñas Matilla | 31 Ago. 2022 Cuantificar los animales que mueren en un incendio es una tarea para la que no existe metodología en España, aunque sí que se sabe que los […] Animales, las víctimas … Continue reading

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« L’activisme environnemental est ce que nous faisons déjà, c’est notre mode de vie. Nous sommes l’environnement !»

Parce que les quatre dernières années de la politique violente anti-indigène de Bolsonaro et de l’accélération du pillage de la nature ont été si dévastatrices, Sonia Guajajara, à la tête de l’ONG APIB, l’articulation des peuples indigènes du Brésil, se … Continue reading

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‘This land belonged to us’: Nestlé supply chain linked to disputed Indigenous territory — Stigmatis

Village elder Xinuxi Mỹky: ‘This pasture, where the whites live, was also our village, but now they are raising cattle.’ Photograph: Typju Mỹky Investigation reveals cattle raised on Mỹky territory ended up in global supply chain including food giant Animals farmed … Continue reading

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Prisão do “Rei do Ouro” revela amplo esquema envolvido no garimpo ilegal na Amazônia!

Presidente da Associação Nacional do Ouro e dono de empresas no setor, Dirceu Frederico Sobrinho foi preso pela Polícia Federal na operação Aerogold, que investiga exploração ilegal por balsa e dragas nos rios da Amazônia Por Daniel Camargos e Huyry … Continue reading

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« Environmental activism is what we already do, it is our way of life. We are the environment! »

Because the past four years of Bolsonaro’s violent anti-Indigenous policies and accelerating plundering of Nature have been so devastating, Sonia Guajajara, head the NGO APIB, the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, is running for Congress. Brazilian elections are on … Continue reading

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Relator da ONU pede proibição do comércio de mercúrio e uso em mineração de ouro — Ecoamazônia

Em comunicado, Marcos Orellana afirma que na maior parte do mundo, onde mercúrio ainda é usado, mineiros e suas famílias vivem em pobreza abjeta; risco de contaminação é crescente. 44 more words Relator da ONU pede proibição do comércio de mercúrio … Continue reading

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