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Siamo Foresta met en scène un dialogue inédit entre penseurs et défenseurs de la forêt; entre artistes amérindiens - du New Mexico au Chaco paraguayen en passant par l’Amazonie (Brésil, Pérou et Vénézuéla) -, et artistes non autochtones - essentiellement latino-américains (Brésil et Colombie). Elle a pour origine l’idée d'un travail commun de l’artiste yanomami Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, venu de l’Amazonie vénézuélienne, et de Fabrice Hyber, artiste français qui, depuis 20 ans a semé une vaste forêt tempérée dans la vallée de la Serrie en Vendée (France).


André Taniki made this series of drawings in the late 1970s while working with anthropologist Bruce Albert and researching how to represent shamanic visions. Combining colourful abstract motifs and schematic figurative elements, his drawings represent stages of the cosmological work of auxiliary spirits, the xapiri, and constitute many unpublished graphic translations of the Yanomami shamanic universe.

André Taniki (Yanomami, Brazil)

Born in 1949 on the upper area of the Rio Catrimani, state of Roraima, Brazil.

André Taniki is a Yanomami shaman. The members of the communities of the Catrimani region were introduced to the practice of drawing by the photographer Claudia Andujar who has provided them with paper and markers from 1974. Between 1976 and 1977, Taniki also made several drawings for her which depict cosmological and ceremonial scenes.

His drawings have been exhibited since 2012 by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris in Histoires de voir, then in 2021 at the Milan Triennale in the exhibition Les Citoyens – Uno Sguardo di Guillermo Kuitca sulla collezione della Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. In 2023, Taniki's drawings were exhibited at the Shed in New York in the exhibition The Yanomami Struggle.


The large South American bromeliad matrices of Brazilian artist Santídio Pereira, are the same ones he uses to create his woodcuts. These matrices are shown here for the first time as separate objects, which go beyond their status as tools to become art works of their own.

In his woodcuts, Santídio Pereira brings out plant forms with bright contrasts, reminiscent of the light of his native North-east Brazil.

Santídio Pereira (Brazil)

Born in 1996, Curral Comprido, Piaui, Brazil.

Born in a small village in the central area of the state of Piauí, in North-east Brazil, Santídio Pereira showed from an early age a gift for the arts. Among the socio-educational activities available at the Instituto Acaia, he was particularly interested in wood engraving.
The most striking feature of his work is the use of several matrices for the composition of a single work, thus breaking the characteristic reproducibility of the language of engraving; a technique that he calls "incision, cutting and adjustment". Thus, the superimposed prints accumulate thick layers of ink of different colours to recreate elements of his emotional memory, such as fauna, flora, people and objects that were part of the context of the time.

He had his first solo exhibition at the Estação Gallery in 2016. In 2019, his prints were exhibited in Paris during the exhibition Nous les arbres (Trees) for the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain and then in Shanghai in 2021 in the exhibition Trees.

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