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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.

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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Colonialismo do século 21 – implementado por algumas ONGs? Cuja sobrevivência está em jogo aqui, Survival? A sobrevivência das florestas tropicais e dos povos indígenas ou da indústria de joias de ouro e diamantes de luxo?

Fui voluntário para a Survival France nos anos 90 e início dos anos 2000, quando voltei para a França depois de viver com os Yanomami na Venezuela e no Brasil e inicialmente pensei que a Survival fez a coisa certa. … Continue reading

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Yanomami tenant les restes de leurs morts après que leur famille ait été massacrée par des mineurs d’or à Haximu – NON à la destruction des terres indigènes par l’Arc Minier de l’Orénoque de Maduro au Venezuela !!!

NON à la destruction des terres indigènes par l’Arc minier de l’Orénoque de Maduro au Venezuela !!! NON à la suppression par Bolsonaro des protections pour les territoires autochtones du Brésil !!! NON à l’OR DU SANG !!! https://barbara-navarro.com/2020/09/06/colonialisme-du-21e-siecle-mis-en-oeuvre-par-quelques-ong-de-qui-est-la-survie-en-jeu-ici-survival-la-survie-des-forets-tropicales-et-des-peuples-autochtones-ou-de-lindustrie-des-bijoux-de/

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Colonialisme du 21e siècle – mis en œuvre par quelques ONG? De qui est la survie en jeu ici, Survival? La survie des forêts tropicales et des peuples autochtones ou de l’industrie des bijoux de luxe en or et en diamants ?

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photo: publicité Cartier? photo:? site d’extraction d’or – Emiliano Mancuso / National Geographic? J’ai fait du bénévolat pour Survival France dans les années 90 et au début des années 2000 à des périodes où…

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Gold mining and the indiscriminate use of mercury to ferret out gold are turning swaths of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems into a nightmarish moonscape !!!

NO BLOOD GOLD !!! NO to Ecocide and Ethnocide !!! https://barbara-navarro.com/2020/09/07/21st-century-colonialism-implemented-by-a-few-ngos-whose-survival-is-at-stake-here-survival-the-survival-of-the-rainforests-and-indigenous-peoples-or-of-the-luxury-gold-and-diamond-jewelry/

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21st Century Colonialism – implemented by a few NGOs? Whose Survival is at stake here, Survival? The survival of the rainforests and indigenous peoples or of the luxury gold and diamond jewelry industry?

I did volunteer work for Survival France in the ’90s and early 2000s at periods when I had returned to France from time among the Yanomami in Venezuela and Brazil and thought at first that Survival was doing the right … Continue reading

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Colonialisme du 21e siècle – mis en œuvre par quelques ONG? De qui est la survie en jeu ici, Survival? La survie des forêts tropicales et des peuples autochtones ou de l’industrie des bijoux de luxe en or et en diamants ?

J’ai fait du bénévolat pour Survival France dans les années 90 et au début des années 2000 à des périodes où j’étais rentré en France après avoir vécu chez les Yanomami au Venezuela et au Brésil et j’ai d’abord pensé … Continue reading

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Namowë in the canoe with his monkey, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – NO to Maduro’s Orinoco Mining Arc destruction of indigenous lands in Venezuela !!!

NO to Maduro’s Orinoco Mining Arc destruction of indigenous lands in Venezuela !!! NO to Bolsonaro’s removal of protections for indigenous territories in Brazil !!! NO BLOOD GOLD !!! NO to Ecocide and Ethnocide !!! https://barbara-navarro.com/2020/08/04/exhibition-pas-de-cartier-yanomami-and-trees-gold-mining-and-gold-luxury-items-covid-19-propagated-by-gold-miners/

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Forest reflection, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – NO to Maduro’s Orinoco Mining Arc destruction of indigenous lands in Venezuela !!!

NO to Maduro’s Orinoco Mining Arc destruction of indigenous lands in Venezuela !!! NO to Bolsonaro’s removal of protections for indigenous territories in Brazil !!! NO BLOOD GOLD !!! NO to Ecocide and Ethnocide !!! https://barbara-navarro.com/2020/08/04/exhibition-pas-de-cartier-yanomami-and-trees-gold-mining-and-gold-luxury-items-covid-19-propagated-by-gold-miners/

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