Author Archives: Barbara Crane Navarro - Rainforest Art Project

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.

The DEATH of NATURE and INDIGENOUS PEOPLES for Gold and Diamond Merchandise and The ART of GREENWASHING by the MERCHANTS of GOLD – in their own words… 2023

In the marketing spin continuum of employing “art” as a mechanism for the greenwashing of the gold jewelry, watches and accessories company that created and bankrolls them, the Cartier Foundation is relentlessly pursuing additional opportunities to display their « Yanomami » – … Continue reading

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Tragédia anunciada: destruição da Amazônia será “catastrófica” para o planeta, alertam cientistas! — Ecoamazônia

Revisão da literatura científica reafirma alerta sobre a necessidade urgente de frear o desmatamento da floresta. Estudos com autores brasileiros são destaque na revista Science desta semana Para aqueles que ainda têm dúvidas sobre a importância da Floresta Amazônica para o futuro … Continue reading

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Amazon River Dolphin threatened by gold mining, logging, cattle farming, palm oil and soy as well as hunting! — Palm Oil Detectives

The Amazon River dolphins, also known as the Boto Dolphins or Amazon Pink River Dolphins are playful, curious and intelligent mammals, the largest river dolphin species in the world. Known for their stunning pink coloured skin they are endangered due … Continue reading

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« No all’ORO DEL SANGUE! – Niente Cartier! » Yanomami e gli Alberi – Estrazione dell’Oro, avvelenamento da Mercurio e oggetti d’Oro di Lusso / Mostra 2023

« Gli sciamani Yanomami che combattono l’epidemia di xawara vedono apparire l’immagine della malattia sotto forma di bande di stoffa scarlatta. L’epidemia di xawara si sta avvicinando e il suo fumo risplende! Rende il cielo un fantasma e divora tutto Umani … Continue reading

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Terra Yanomami: garimpo ilegal causou alta de 309% no desmatamento! — Ecoamazônia

Levantamento aponta, ainda, mais de 21 mil casos de malária No intervalo entre outubro de 2018 e dezembro de 2022, o desmatamento resultante do garimpo ilegal na Terra Indígena (TI) Yanomami aumentou 309%, de acordo com levantamento elaborado pela Hutukara … Continue reading

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ART ALERTE! – Cartier is showing their greenwashing art show « The Yanomami Struggle » in NY from February 3 till April 16. The fact that the Cartier… — Ned Hamson’s Second Line View of the News

Originally posted on Transformations: Is anyone/a group willing to make and hold a sign up in front of The Shed building in Hudson Yards on February … ART ALERTE! – Cartier is showing their greenwashing art show « The Yanomami Struggle » … Continue reading

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« ¡No al ORO DE SANGRE! – ¡Nada de Cartier! » Yanomami y los Árboles contra Minería de Oro, envenenamiento por Mercurio y artículos de Oro de Lujo / Exposición 2023

« Los chamanes Yanomami que luchan contra la epidemia de xawara ven aparecer la imagen de la enfermedad en forma de bandas de tela escarlata. ¡La epidemia de xawara se acerca y su humo brilla! Hace que el cielo sea un fantasma y devora a … Continue reading

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Maioria do ouro vendido no país em 2021 tinha indício de ilegalidade — Ecoamazônia

Nas últimas semanas, as fortes imagens de indígenas yanomami desnutridos e de grandes áreas de florestas devastadas pelo garimpo suscitaram a pergunta: para onde vai o ouro retirado das terras indígenas (TIs)? 39 more words Maioria do ouro vendido no país … Continue reading

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ARTISTAS y ACTIVISTAS : Cartier is showing their greenwashing art show «The Yanomami Struggle» in NY from February 3 till April 16. The fact that the Cartier gold and diamond trinkets shop is in the same shopping complex as the Shed where the Cartier show will be held puts this event in an entirely new dimension than any of their previous shows !!! — Barbara Crane Navarro — mimismo — Transformations

Is anyone/a group willing to make and hold a sign up in front of The Shed building in Hudson Yards on February 3rd with this message: « Over 570 Yanomami children have died in the past 4 years from preventable … Continue reading

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« Não ao OURO DE SANGUE! – Não Cartier! » Yanomami e as Árvores – Mineração de Ouro, intoxicação por Mercúrio e artigos de Luxo em Ouro / Exposição 2023

« Os xamãs Yanomami que lutam contra a epidemia de xawara veem a imagem da doença aparecer forma de tiras de tecido escarlate. A epidemia de xawara está se aproximando e sua fumaça está vermelha brilhante! Ele transforma o céu em … Continue reading

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