This is a work in progress. I only have the test videos and photos until now. The final project should be launched with the Nhandepa Institute official website by December 2018.
In September 2018 I had the pleasure of living for a month among an indigenous group of Huni Kuins (also known as “Kashinawa”), based in the upper part of the Envira River in the state of Acre, northern Brazil, western Amazon. I was invited by the Huni Kuin named Same Putumi, a healer and religious woman leader, who often goes to São Paulo to perform in cultural events and recently founded an institute called Nhandepa. The guiding vision of such institute can be summed up in the idea that strengthening indigenous cultures would be essential to preserve and understand (scientific sense included) forests. Huni Kuins and Guaranis (one of the largest Brazilian indigenous groups, located in the southeast) created the institute, a registered NGO, relying on a network of cultural producers, lawyers, architects, artists, musicians and researchers as collaborators. Although the Nhandepa Institute was formally founded only by the end of 2018 (the institutional site is still in production), the group of Huni Kuins, Guaranis and part of the collaborating network have started working together in 2014, producing exhibitions, documentaries, lectures and cultural festivals. The purpose of my trip was to better understand Same’s region and then elaborate projects for the institute. I also enjoyed my visit to do artistic experimentation with video mapping, photography and body painting in partnership with Same. I spent a month living with Same and 20 other people from her village and together we went to other villages along the river. In addition, I had the opportunity to visit institutional spaces of other indigenous focused organizations in Rio Branco, Acre state’s capital.
Some Images of Vanessa Rosa’s & Same Putumi's work done in the Envira River villages
Techniques: Laser Cut stencils shadows. Non edited photos
Images from body painting experiments using laser cut stencils, jenipapo pigment (traditional fruit based color) and airbrush. Vanessa Rosa and Same Putumi