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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.

Gold mining destruction in the Amazon Rainforest – “When you cut down the trees you assault the spirits of our ancestors. When you dig for minerals you impale the heart of the Earth…”

“When you cut down the trees you assault the spirits of our ancestors. When you dig for minerals you impale the heart of the Earth. And when you pour poisons on the land and into the rivers – chemicals from … Continue reading

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Distruzione ambientale delle miniere d’oro in Amazzonia – Gli Yanomami stanno morendo di malaria e Covid-19 diffusi dai cercatori d’oro

Distruzione dell’estrazione dell’oro nella foresta pluviale amazzonica: l’estrazione dell’oro e l’uso indiscriminato del mercurio per trovare l’oro trasforma parti degli ecosistemi più ricchi di biodiversità del mondo in un paesaggio lunare velenoso e da incubo. Fino al 75% dell’oro estratto … Continue reading

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Destrucción ambiental de la minería de oro en la Amazonía – Los Yanomami están muriendo de malaria y el Covid-19 propagado por los mineros de oro

Destrucción de la extracción de oro en la selva amazónica: la extracción de oro y el uso indiscriminado de mercurio para encontrar oro convierte partes de los ecosistemas con mayor biodiversidad del mundo en un paisaje lunar venenoso y de … Continue reading

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Destruição da mineração de ouro na floresta amazônica – A mineração de ouro e o uso indiscriminado de mercúrio para encontrar ouro transforma partes dos ecossistemas mais biodiversos do mundo em uma paisagem lunar envenenado e de pesadelo!

Até 75% do ouro extraído a cada ano é usado em joias, relógios e outros símbolos de status vãos e fúteis vendidos pela Cartier e outras empresas da indústria de luxo em todo o mundo. Dezenas de milhares de árvores … Continue reading

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Destruction par l’extraction de l’or dans la forêt amazonienne – L’extraction de l’or et l’utilisation sans discernement du mercure pour trouver de l’or transforment des parties des écosystèmes les plus riches en biodiversité du monde en un paysage lunaire empoisonné et cauchemardesque!

Jusqu’à 75% de l’or extrait chaque année est utilisé pour les bijoux, les montres et autres symboles de statut vains et futiles vendus par Cartier et d’autres sociétés de l’industrie du luxe à travers le monde. Des dizaines de milliers … Continue reading

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Gold mining destruction in the Amazon Rainforest – Gold mining and the indiscriminate use of mercury to ferret out gold are turning swaths of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems into a poisoned, nightmarish moonscape!

As much as 75% of the gold extracted each year is used for jewelry, watches and other vain and futile status symbols sold by Cartier and other corporations in the luxury industry worldwide.   Tens of thousands of rainforest trees … Continue reading

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Colonialismo del 21 ° secolo: implementato da alcune ONG? Di chi è in gioco la sopravvivenza qui, Survival? La sopravvivenza delle foreste pluviali e delle popolazioni indigene o dell’industria della gioielleria di lusso in oro e diamanti?

Mi sono offerto volontario per Survival France negli anni ’90 e all’inizio degli anni 2000 quando sono tornato in Francia dopo aver vissuto con gli Yanomami in Venezuela e Brasile e inizialmente pensavo che Survival facesse la cosa giusta. Ho … Continue reading

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Mina de oro en la selva amazónica – ¡¡¡NO a la destrucción de tierras indígenas en Venezuela por el Arco Minero del Orinoco de Maduro !!!

¡¡¡NO a la destrucción de tierras indígenas en Venezuela por el Arco Minero del Orinoco de Maduro !!! ¡¡¡NO a la retirada de Bolsonaro de protecciones a territorios indígenas en Brasil !!! ¡¡¡NO al ORO del SANGRE !!! https://barbara-navarro.com/2020/08/07/exposicion-pas-de-cartier-yanomami-y-arvores-minas-de-oro-y-objetos-de-oro-de-lujo-covid-19-propagado-por-mineros-de-oro/

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Colonialismo del siglo XXI: ¿implementado por algunas ONG? ¿Quién está en juego la supervivencia aquí, Survival? ¿La supervivencia de las selvas tropicales y los pueblos indígenas o la industria de joyas de oro y diamantes de lujo?

Me ofrecí como voluntario para Survival France en los años 90 y principios de los 2000, cuando regresé a Francia después de vivir con los Yanomami en Venezuela y Brasil e inicialmente pensé que Survival hizo lo correcto. Pasé mucho … Continue reading

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Uma mina de ouro em território indígena – NÃO à destruição de terras indígenas na Venezuela pelo Arco Minero del Orinoco de Maduro – NÃO à retirada do Bolsonaro de proteções para territórios indígenas no Brasil !!!

NÃO à destruição de terras indígenas na Venezuela pelo Arco Minero del Orinoco de Maduro !!! NÃO à retirada do Bolsonaro de proteções para territórios indígenas no Brasil !!! NÃO ao SANGUE OURO !!! https://barbara-navarro.com/2020/08/05/exposicao-pas-de-cartier-yanomami-e-arvores-minas-de-ouro-e-itens-de-ouro-de-luxo-covid-19-espalhados-por-garimpeiros/

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