The outcome of photographic expeditions in Brazilian Amazonia carried out from the late 1990s onward, but mostly between the years 2013 and 2019, the exhibition Amazôia, by Sebastiã Salgado, is arriving at Sesc Pompeia, in Sã Paulo, Brazil, in the month of February. The show was inaugurated in May 2021 at the Music Museum of the Paris Philharmonic (France), and is currently being held at MAXXI Museum, in Rome (Italy) and at the Science Museum, London (England). Besides the more than 200 photographs that portray teeming landscapes and the life of indigenous communities, the show features seven original video statements by indigenous leaders about the problems they face for their survival in the forest while warning about the urgency of actions to ensure its protection and preservation. The exhibition presents portrayals of 12 indigenous groups: the Asháninka, Awá-
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Amazônia is the most recent photographic project by the award-
From a local viewpoint, in Brazil we are currently witnessing a series of threats to the indigenous peoples coupled with the annulment of environmental protection initiatives and the deployment of policies that encourage the unrestricted exploitation of the subsoil and the occupation of land—reviously protected—y agricultural and livestock raising activities of massive environmental impact. In this context, the exhibition Amazônia is presented as a warning shout and a way of contributing to the debate on the future of one of the most threatened regions of the planet, a discussion that must be made in a broad perspective and with the participation of the inhabitants of the forest. Salgado is a member of the Observatório do Meio Ambiente [Environmental Observatory] linked to the Brazilian Judiciary Power and has been working since 2019, together with Lélia, on a broad front of mobilization and activism together with the Brazilian and foreign authorities to raise awareness about the region and boost its visibility in Brazil and worldwide.
Sebastião Salgado, Mariuá Archipelago, Middle Rio Negro. State of Amazonas, Brazil, 2019. © Sebastião Salgado.
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