Claudia Andujar, Catrimani Region, 1972-76, mineral pigment print (from infrared film). Artwork © Claudia Andujar. Collection of the artist.

Harvé Chandès, General Director of the Cartier Foundation pour l'art contemporain, and Alex Poots, Artistic Director of The Shed, are honored to announce the US premiere of The Yanomami Struggle exhibition, dedicated to collaboration and friendship between activist Claudia Andujar and the people Yanomami, one of the largest indigenous groups living in the Amazon today. On display from February 3 to April 16, 2023, at The Shed, in New York, the exhibition is curated by Thyago Nogueira, Director of Contemporary Photography at Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS), with guidance from the shaman and Yanomami leader David Kopenawa. The event is organized by IMS, Fundação Cartier and The Shed, in partnership with Brazilian NGOs Hutukara Associação Yanomami and Instituto Socioambiental.

After acclaimed presentations at the IMS (São Paulo), the Cartier Foundation (Paris) and the Barbican Center (London), among other spaces, the exhibition will be expanded at The Shed to include more than 80 drawings and paintings produced by Yanomami artists André Taniki, Ehuana Yaira, Joseca Mokahesi, Orlando Nakɨ Uxima, Poraco Hɨko, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe and Vital Warasi, as well as the shaman Davi Kopenawa. Visitors will also find new video works by contemporary artists such as Yanomami filmmakers Aida Harika, Edmar Tokorino, Morzaniel Ɨramari and Roseane Yariana. These works will be displayed alongside more than 200 photographs by Claudia Andujar, which trace the artist's encounters with the Yanomami and raise the profile of indigenous peoples' struggle to protect their land, people and culture. The dialogue established between the new Yanomami artists and Andujar's photographic work offers an unprecedented view of Yanomami society, culture and visual arts. These works will be shown in New York for the first time, offering the most extensive presentation of Yanomami art in the United States to date.

“I think the most important thing is the chance to introduce people to another aspect of our world. At the same time, this other aspect of our world allows us to recognize ourselves in other human beings, who deserve to live their lives as they wish, following their own understanding of the world”.
– Claudia Andujar

Cláudia Andujar was born in Switzerland in 1931 and raised in Transylvania before immigrating to New York City in 1946 after escaping the Holocaust. She moved to Brazil in 1955, when she began her career as a photographer. For more than five decades, Andujar has been collaborating with the Yanomami peoples in defense of their rights and sovereignty. “The Yanomami Struggle” tells the story of Andujar's relationship with the Yanomami people during the Military Dictatorship in Brazil (1964 – 1985), from their first encounter in 1971 to the transformation of her artistic practice into activism seven years later, when she and other activists created the Yanomami Park Demarcation Commission. Through the voice and guidance of shaman and leader Davi Kopenawa, the exhibition also narrates the origin of the Yanomami and maps their cosmovision, politics and society. Davi's friendship with Andujar since the 80s is fundamental to his relationship with the Yanomami. Alongside several activists and organizations, they worked with the Yanomami communities against invasions of their lands, a struggle that resulted in the protection of the Yanomami territory by the Brazilian government in 1992. The protection of the lands was followed by important health and education programs, in addition to the creation of different Yanomami Associations. Despite this progress, the activism portrayed in the exhibition is not relegated to the past. The invasion of territory by miners continues and threatens not only the Yanomami but also the Amazon rainforest. Since 2000, a new generation of Yanomami artists has been producing and exhibiting their work outside the territory, establishing a new perspective that is now incorporated into the exhibition. These diverse visions of history also include contributions from a number of other individuals and organizations, including the Associação Yanomami Hutukara, Instituto Socioambiental, and anthropologist Bruce Albert (consultant to the Cartier Foundation and co-author of “The Falling Sky”).

“Those who don't know the Yanomami will get to know them through the images. My people are being portrayed. You have never visited them, but they are there. It is important for me and for you, for your sons and daughters, teenagers, children, to learn to see and respect my Yanomami people who have lived in this land for so many years”.
– Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami shaman and leader

“At a time when the Amazon is again threatened by the unbridled development of deforestation and mining, this exhibition presents a multifaceted narrative of violence and resistance. In addition to using art as a platform to amplify the voice of the Yanomami people and expose our responsibility in the humanitarian and environmental crisis that threatens the lives of indigenous peoples around the world”.
– Thyago Nogueira, curator


The Yanomami Struggle
Curated by Thyago Nogueira and supervised by Davi Kopenawa
Until April 16
The Shed: 545 West Street, New York – USA
Visitation: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am to 18 pm; Friday, from 11 am to 20 pm.

The Cartier Foundation for l'art contemporain is a private cultural institution whose mission is to promote all fields of contemporary artistic creation to an international audience through a program of temporary exhibitions, live performances and conversations. Created in 1984 by Maison Cartier, the institution is headquartered in Paris in a building designed by architect Jean Nouvel. The Cartier Foundation's unique artistic program explores a wide range of creative fields from the visual and performing arts to architecture, design, fashion, philosophy and science. For almost four decades, the Cartier Foundation has been a fundamental instrument for revealing the talent of great contemporary artists, in addition to establishing its museum spaces as a platform where scientists and artists can meet and create new projects that address issues of today's world. Its collection comprises around 2.000 works from a rich multidisciplinary program, which proves the relationship with more than 500 artists around the world. As part of its ongoing observation of the relationship between humans and nature, the Cartier Foundation has produced collective projects (such as exhibitions, publications and public lectures) that address contemporary environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity, deforestation and the multiplicity of languages ​​and indigenous cultures. The Cartier Foundation travels the world, in partnership with major art institutions, engaging new audiences to discover the work of contemporary artists and be challenged by a new perspective.

The Shed is a new cultural institution of and for the 21st century, producing and receiving innovations from the world of art through any and all creative forms in order to build and share an understanding of the rapidly changing world and a more egalitarian society. In its building located on Manhattan's West Side, The Shed brings together established and emerging artists to create new work in areas ranging from pop to classical music, painting to digital media, theater to literature, and sculpture to dance. The Shed seeks opportunities to collaborate with cultural peers and community organizations, work with partners and provide unique spaces for private events. The institution was developed to break traditions that separate art from the public. By minimizing the barriers caused by social and economic problems, the space offers a welcoming environment for innovation and dialogue. Harnessing technology, The Shed works with thinkers and creative partners to create transformative digital experiences online. Using its infrastructure and operational capacity, The Shed is capable of producing performances, exhibitions, events and meetings of any kind, in large multipurpose venues. Driven by its belief that access to new art is a right, not a privilege, The Shed presents profound experiences, capable of creating bonds between its artists and audience. As an independent non-profit organization that values ​​innovation, equity and generosity, The Shed is committed to advancing art by addressing pressing contemporary issues and making its work impactful, sustainable and relevant to the local community, the industry culture, New York City and much more.

Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS) is a non-profit Brazilian artistic institution based in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Poços de Caldas. The IMS was founded in 1992 and has important collections in visual arts, photography, music, literature, prints and drawings. It is recognized for its exhibitions, highlighting artists and themes from Brazil and abroad. The IMS also publishes exhibition catalogs and books on photography, literature and music, in addition to the printed magazines 'ZUM', dedicated to contemporary photography in Brazil and the world, and 'Serrote', a quarterly publication focused on essays and ideas. The exhibition Claudia Andujar and the Yanomami Fight was originally organized in Brazil in 2018 by IMS in partnership with Associação Hutukara Yanomami and Instituto Socioambiental, before its presentation at Cartier Foundation, Trienal Milano (Italy), Fundación Mapfre (Spain), Barbican Center (UK) and Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland). In 2014, the IMS also organized a retrospective of Claudia Andujar's first works, which was named 'No Lugar do Outro'. The Yanomami struggle is part of the IMS's long-term commitment to promoting Brazil's most important artists, as well as indigenous contemporary art. The Shed will be their only North American stop before embarking on a Latin American tour in 2023.

The NGO Associação Hutuka Yanomami is an indigenous association founded in 2004 to represent the Yanomami and Ye'kwana peoples of Brazil. It is presided over by Davi Kopenawa, who for almost 20 years has been fighting for the protection of the Yanomami Indigenous Land and the rights of its inhabitants. Dário Kopenawa serves as vice president.

The NGO Instituto Socioambiental was founded in 1994 and works to defend the rights of forest peoples, supporting and strengthening their projects for political participation, culture, traditional knowledge and income generation. Since 2009, it incorporates the legacy and activities of the Yanomami Park Demarcation Commission (CCPY).


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