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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.

Un plaidoyer pour la Nature et un message d’un chaman Yanomami

« Je pensais que si les blancs pouvaient m’entendre, ils convaincraient le gouvernement de ne pas laisser la forêt être détruite… Maintenant, les mineurs d’or puent la forêt avec les fumées de leurs moteurs et les vapeurs de l’or et … Continue reading

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A Plea for Nature and a message from a Yanomami shaman

« I thought that if the white people could hear me, they would convince the government to not let the forest be destroyed… Now the gold miners stink up the forest with the fumes from their motors and the vapors from … Continue reading

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La Natura è il Vero Gioiello!

« L’oro cannibale … I nostri anziani non sapevano del denaro … Il denaro non ci protegge … non crea la nostra gioia. Per i bianchi è diverso. Questi bianchi sono mangiatori di terra coperti di fumi epidemici. Pensano di essere … Continue reading

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¡La Naturaleza es la Verdadera Joya!

« Oro Caníbal … Nuestros mayores no sabían sobre el dinero … El dinero no nos protege … no crea nuestra alegría. Para los blancos, es diferente. Estos blancos son comedores de tierra cubiertos de humos epidémicos. Creen que son todopoderosos, … Continue reading

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A Natureza é a Verdadeira Joia!

« Ouro canibal … Nossos mais velhos não sabiam sobre dinheiro … O dinheiro não nos protege … ele não cria nossa alegria. Para os brancos, é diferente. Esses brancos são comedores de terra cobertos por vapores epidêmicos. Eles pensam que … Continue reading

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La Nature est le Vrai Joyau !

« l’or cannibale … Nos aînés ne connaissaient pas l’argent… L’argent ne nous protège pas… il ne crée pas notre joie. Pour les Blancs, c’est différent. Ces blancs sont des mangeurs de terre couverts de fumées épidémiques. Ils pensent qu’ils … Continue reading

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Nature is the True Jewel !

« CANNIBAL GOLD … Our elders did not know of money … Money does not protect us … it does not create our joy.  For white people, it is different.  These white people are earth eaters covered with epidemic fumes. … Continue reading

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« I cercatori d’oro si affollavano sugli altopiani della nostra foresta. Innumerevoli bianchi hanno scavato febbrilmente nel suolo della foresta, che puzzava di fumi xawara epidemici dai motori. »

Come afferma il portavoce y sciamano degli Yanomami Davi Kopenawa nel suo libro La caduta del cielo: « Hanno liberato le piste di atterraggio ovunque per i loro aerei ed elicotteri, che vagavano costantemente nei cieli. Passarono davanti alle case della … Continue reading

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« Los buscadores de oro se apiñaron en las tierras altas de nuestro bosque. Innumerables personas blancas cavaron febrilmente en el suelo del bosque, que apestaba a los vapores epidémicos xawara de los motores. »

Como afirma el portavoz y chamán Yanomami Davi Kopenawa en su libro La caída del cielo: « Despejaron pistas de aterrizaje por todas partes para sus aviones y helicópteros, que vagaban por los cielos constantemente. Pasaron por las casas de … Continue reading

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« Os garimpeiros de ouro se aglomeraram nas terras altas de nossa floresta. Incontáveis ​​pessoas brancas cavaram febrilmente no chão da floresta, que cheirava a fumaça epidêmica de xawara dos motores. »

Como afirma o porta-voz e xamã Yanomami Davi Kopenawa no seu livro A Queda do Céu: « Eles limparam caminhos de pouso em todos os lugares para seus aviões e helicópteros, que vagavam constantemente pelos céus. Eles passaram pelas casas dos povos … Continue reading

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