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Essays

Bruce Albert and Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, l’esprit de la forêt

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Since 2003, Fondation Cartier has developed a fruitful partnership with Bruce Albert, French anthropologist and undisputed specialist of the Yanomami, and Davi Kopenawa, “Alternative Nobel Prize” in 2019, one of the most respected shamans of this people inhabiting a vast forest territory in northwestern ...
Brazil. Together they wrote La Chute du ciel, published by Plon. After nearly fifty years of friendship, they share again their voices, their views and their sensibilities along with those of artists and scientists about the Yanomami world: animals and plants of the Amazonian Forest, representations of the Yanomami cosmology and shamanic images. A rich and subtle universe disrupted by the violent encounter with the white settlers, the gold rush, epidemics and the political challenges of the past decades.

Co-published with Actes Sud, this book gathers in seventeen chapters the writings of Bruce Albert and Davi Kopenawa, tracing this history and the intellectual and aesthetic exchanges between the authors and the artists presented at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. These texts evoke the shamanic perspective of the Yanomami, the images and sounds of the Amazonian Forest, the complexity of its biodiversity and the threat of its destruction.



With a foreword by Emanuele Coccia.

Editor Co-publication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris / Actes Sud, Arles
Languages French version only
Format

Softback, 11.50 × 21.70 cm, 208 pages

50 color and black and white photographs

ISBN 978-2-330-16339-6
Release April 2022

Bruce Albert

French anthropologist Bruce Albert is Honorary Research Director at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD, Marseille). A committed advocate of the Brazilian Yanomami, with whom he has been working since 1975, he is the author of many articles and books on Yanomami ethnography, the situation ...
of Indians from the Brazilian Amazon, and the ethics of anthropological research. For the Fondation Cartier, Bruce Albert curated of the exhibition Yanomami, Spirit of the Forest (2003) and is one of the curators of the exhibition Trees (2019).

Davi Kopenawa

Emanuele Coccia

Italian Philosopher and Associate Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. Passionate about botany, he is the author of Sensible Life: A Micro-Ontology of the Image (New York: Fordham University Press, 2016), of The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture ...
(Medford: Polity Press, 2018), and of Métamorphoses (Payot & Rivages, 2020).