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Claudia Andujar

Updated: May 27, 2020

The photojournalist and fighter for the recognition of the rights of the Yanomami people in Brazil, Claudia Andujar is the personification of the committed artist. She met this indigenous population during a trip she made for the Realidade magazine and it remains forever in her hands. After this first meeting, she meets them again this time with the support of a scholarship from the Guggenheim Foundation that will help her deepen her knowledge of the Yanomami. Unlike his fellow photographers, Andújar takes portraits of the Yanomami in an attempt to highlight their human side. The face here is a reflective tool that refers directly to the viewer's humanity. Contact is made through photography and through the artist's body, he communicates with the Yanomami, creating a bond with them that goes beyond language barriers. In the 1970s, she became an advocate for the Yanomami's rights after gold miners infiltrated their territory, causing a measles epidemic among the indigenous population.

Using different photographic techniques such as infrared and overlay, Andújar creates snapshots in which reality and fiction are brought closer together. Trees remain an integral part of Yanomami mythology and are perceived as sources of wisdom that protect them from the dangers of the outside world.

Exposition à la Fondation Cartier: Nous les arbres.

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