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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.

La febbre dell’oro, COVID-19 e il genocidio Yanomami – aggiornato

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Temevo questa notizia da quando i primi casi di COVID-19 sono stati riportati in Brasile il 25 febbraio. Adesso è successo Dopo un test di screening del coronavirus, Alvanei Xirizana, un giovane Yanomami di…

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La fiebre del oro, COVID-19 y el genocidio Yanomami – actualizado

Originally posted on Barbara Crane Navarro:
Temía esta noticia desde que se informaron los primeros casos de COVID-19 en Brasil el 25 de febrero. Ahora ha sucedido. Después de una prueba de detección de coronavirus, Alvanei Xirizana, un joven Yanomami…

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A febre de ouro, COVID-19 e o genocídio Yanomami – atualizado

Originally posted on Barbara Crane Navarro:
Temo essa notícia desde que os primeiros casos de COVID-19 foram relatados no Brasil em 25 de fevereiro. Agora isso aconteceu. Após um teste de triagem de coronavírus, Alvanei Xirizana, um jovem Yanomami de…

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La fièvre de l’or, COVID-19 et le génocide des Yanomami – actualisé

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Je redoute cette nouvelle depuis que les premiers cas de COVID-19 ont été signalés au Brésil le 25 février. Maintenant c’est arrivé. Après avoir été testé positif pour le coronavirus, Alvanei Xirizana, un jeune…

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Gold Fever, COVID-19 and the Genocide of the Yanomami – update

I’ve been dreading this news ever since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Brazil on February 25th. Now it has happened. After testing positive for coronavirus, Alvanei Xirixana, a 15 year old Yanomami boy died on April 10th … Continue reading

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Psicopatici che vendono il futuro dell’Amazzonia: fanatici missionari, politici senza scrupoli, minatori d’oro illegali che trasmettono un virus mortale e varie lobby / Cancellando l’esistenza indigena in Coronavirus Times – Parte 5

Il missionario evangelico Ricardo Lopes Dias è stato rimosso dal suo incarico di capo del “Coordinamento generale dei popoli indigeni isolati e contattati di recente” dal giudice Antonio Souza Prudente, che ha ritenuto che la sua nomina fosse chiaramente un … Continue reading

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Psicópatas vendiendo el futuro de la Amazonía: misioneros fanáticos, políticos sin escrúpulos, mineros de oro ilegales que transmiten un virus mortal y varios grupos de presión / borrando la existencia indígena en tiempos de Coronavirus – Parte 5

El misionero evangélico Ricardo Lopes Dias fue destituido de su cargo como jefe de la “Coordinación general de pueblos indígenas aislados y recientemente contactados” por el juez Antonio Souza Prudente, quien consideró que su nombramiento era claramente un conflicto de … Continue reading

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Les psychopathes vendant l’avenir de l’Amazonie: missionnaires fanatiques, politiciens sans scrupules, chercheurs d’or illégaux transmettant un virus mortel et divers lobbies / Effacement de l’existence indigène au temps des coronavirus – Partie 5

Le missionnaire évangélique Ricardo Lopes Dias a été démis de ses fonctions de chef de la “Coordination générale des peuples autochtones isolés et récemment contactés” par le juge Antonio Souza Prudente qui a jugé que sa nomination était clairement un … Continue reading

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Psicopatas que vendem o futuro da Amazônia: missionários fanáticos, políticos inescrupulosos, garimpeiros ilegais transmitindo um vírus mortal e vários lobbies de corporações / apagando a existência indígena nos tempos dos coronavírus / parte 5

O missionário evangélico Ricardo Lopes Dias foi afastado de seu posto como chefe da “Coordenação Geral de Povos Indígenas Isolados e Recentemente Contatados” pelo juiz Antonio Souza Prudente, que considerou sua nomeação claramente um conflito de interesses e uma ameaça … Continue reading

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The psychopaths selling out the future of the Amazon: fanatical missionaries, unscrupulous politicians, wildcat gold miners transmitting a deadly virus and lobbyists / Erasure of Indigenous Existence in the time of coronavirus / Part 5

The evangelical missionary Ricardo Lopes Dias has been removed as the head of the “General Coordination of Isolated and Recently Contacted Indigenous Peoples” by Judge Antonio Souza Prudente who ruled that his appointment was clearly a conflict of interest and … Continue reading

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