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Yanomami, l’esprit de la forêt

38 €

The principle of the exhibition Yanomami, l’esprit de la forêt, organized by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in 2003, was to spark a meeting between the shamans from a Yanomami village in the Brazilian Amazon and five international artists. The latter were each welcomed in the Yanomami community before testing their creative worlds against shamanic images, with no intention to illustrate or translate, simply by rolling out a space of “free association.”
Archive photographs, geographic maps, and contemporary works presented in the exhibition catalog relate the unique experience of the artists invited to Watoriki and the history of the Yanomami people. Contemporary art and mythical thought prove to be secretly in tune with each other, asserting the power of the image that is dreamed, thought, or told.

Editor Publication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Languages French version only

Hardback under dust jacket, 22 × 28 cm, 208 pages, 341 color and black-and-white reproductions

Design Larry Kazal, Paris
ISBN 978-2-74274-266-0
Release May 2003

Bruce Albert

French anthropologist Bruce Albert is honorary research director at IRD, the French Research Institute for Development in Marseille, and a fervent defender of the Yanomami people of Brazil, with whom he has been working and visiting since 1975. He is the author of numerous articles and several books on Yanomami ethnography, the situation of indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon, and the ethics of anthropological research, including The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013) and Yanomami, l’esprit de la forêt (Paris: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, 2022), both with Davi Kopenawa.


Davi Kopenawa