JULIEN BISMUTH, 11.18.20:
The conversation that is unfolding on this page accompanies a fundraising initiative for two organizations - ISA and APIB - working to assist indigenous communities in Brazil. Our exchange follows its own meandering logic, its own drifts and eddies, but it is tethered to our sense of solidarity with these organizations and the cultures they so tirelessly work to defend. Our endeavor is also fueled by our opposition to the forces that are so actively trying to eliminate these communities, so as to be able to fully and irreversibly "exploit" (the word is theirs, not mine) the lands they occupy. Miners, farmers, agro-business executives, missionaries and bureaucrats... the names matter less than the underlying logic of their destructive tendencies, and the increasingly irreversible damage they are causing to the planet as a whole in the process.
The footage isn't reversed in this shot. It's the boat that's drifting backwards and running aground.