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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.130

Ethical links between the forest and the museum


  • Lilian PAPINI

Primary authors

  • Lilian PAPINI (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS))


Dialoging between anthropology and art history, I seek to analyze the resonance of Yanomami culture in contemporary art. The objective is understanding the ways of exposing this culture, its impact on the struggle for the preservation of their territory and the recognition of this group. First of all, I propose an analysis of the photographic work of Claudia Andujar, who lived for many years among the Yanomami and artworks of the exhibition "Yanomami: the spirit of the forest" (2003), during which a group of artists developed multiple artworks after their contact with the Yanomami. In a second moment, these analyzes will be combined with elements of my own fieldwork among the Yanomami in which I sought the perspective of those local artists who had their artworks presented in these exhibitions. The aim is to discuss the local re-appropriations of the use of these new visual languages, drawings and videos; and how they make sense for the Yanomami people, leading them to their own forms of representation, expression and figuration. I intend to raise the ethical issues surrounding these productions a to understand how the uses of images have been modified in a society that did not have a visual arts production as a record, in contrast, it has rituals that eliminate the artifacts connected to the memory of the people when they die. This all while being confronted with a figurative society and establishing its history and memory in physical documentation and visual images.