electrate exhibition
support campaign
the Indigenous peoples
of Brazil




Sanfona/Symphony is a cultural-philanthropic initiative intended to be an emergent body of cultural dialogue, financial support, and political galvanization designed to grow in relevance over time with international participation. Guided by artists Julien Bismuth and Corazon del Sol, who both previously and independently produced bodies of video work in Brazil examining the intimate polarities of human rights and state power (Brazil’s Indigenous tribes and Brazil’s evangelical churches respectively), the project is facilitated through the architecture of an ever-growing infinite-scroll webpage recording weekly participation by cultural contributors. Each week there will be an entry by one of the artists.

The Indigenous tribes of Brazil, some that have been protected from any contact with industrialized society, are being rapidly and systematically exterminated. Bolsonaro’s government is the crass enabler of this contemporary extinction and exploitation, but his administration is simply the visible figurehead of a global consumer-industrial complex that has been long cynical to the loss of the world’s ancient nature societies—the rich heirs to our indivisible humanity, wisdom, and culture.

At the still-to-be determined finish of Sanfona/Symphony (Sanfona is a regional Brazilian accordion, reflecting the expanding layered design of the project), the accumulated compilation of dialogue, images, and participants (cultural, scientific, and philanthropic) will be published as an accordian style book to document the initiative and commemorate all its contributors.


JULIEN BISMUTH (1973, France) is an artist and writer who lives and works in New York. His practice is located at the intersection between visual art and literature. Bismuth’s work ranges from performance, video and photography, to sculpture and drawing. Bismuth is also co-founder of Devonian Press along with Jean-Pascal Flavien. In recent years, he has engaged in a series of collaborative projects in Brazil with Indigenous groups and the researchers that work alongside them.

CORAZON DEL SOL (1973, United States) is an informally taught artist based in Los Angeles. Her practice is rooted in collective exploration of questions through conversation, movement, video, sculpture, etc. Lately she is most interested in connectivity's ability to dislodge addiction to power that traumas engender.


Before launching this project, we did extensive research on the best organizations to work with in Brazil. APIB and ISA are the most respected and effective organizations working specifically to defend Indigenous groups today in Brazil. ISA or Instituto Socioambiental works to defend indigenous cultures and the environment in three specific regions of Brazil. APIB or Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil is an indigenous-run organization that works with Indigenous groups throughout Brazil. APIB will receive all donations that do not require tax deduction paperwork, while ISA will receive larger donations that require a tax receipt.  

APIB (Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil) created during the 2005 Terra Livre Camp (ATL), the national mobilization that takes place every year, starting in 2004, to increase awareness over the situation of Indigenous rights and claim from the Brazilian Government the fulfillment of its demands. The following regional Indigenous organizations are part of APIB: Articulation of Indigenous Peoples in the Northeast, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo (APOINME), Council of the Terena People, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of the Southeast (ARPINSUDESTE), Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of the South (ARPINSUL), Great Assembly of the Guarani People (ATY GUASU), Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB) and Guarani Yvyrupa Commission.

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I filmed this footage last year in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil. I like how the branch bends as they step out of the frame, bowing to fit the sudden slope of their descent. I like how their presence pierces and splinters the surrounding vegetation, then drops back into it at the end of the shot. But the word “like” is inadequate. The feeling I remember having when I filmed this scene was one of wonder.

In his lecture on ethics, Wittgenstein says that if he had to name an anchor point for his ethics, an instance wherein he “always felt pleasure,” it would be the following type of experience:

I believe the best way of describing it is to say that when I have it, I wonder at the existence of the world. And I am then inclined to use such phrases as 'how extraordinary that anything should exist' or ‘how extraordinary that the world should exist.’

To wonder is not simply to be in awe. It is also to question or to be interrogated by something. And to question is to think, inasmuch as to answer definitively is always to repeat what has already been established, what has already been said. The voice behind me on the screen behind me just asked “How does language perform?” Which leads me to a second quote from the same essay by Wittgenstein:

My whole tendency and, I believe, the tendency of all men who ever tried to write or
talk Ethics or Religion was to run against the boundaries of language. This running against the walls of our cage is perfectly, absolutely hopeless. Ethics so far as it springs from the desire to say something about the ultimate meaning of life, the absolute good, the absolute valuable, can be no science. What it says does not add to our knowledge in any sense. But it is a document of a tendency in the human mind which I personally cannot help respecting deeply and I would not for my life ridicule it.

Certain truths resonate more deeply when they run against the walls of their own gestation.


CORAZON DEL SOL, 12.11.20:

“To be alive is to strive for existence. That’s why he (Spinoza) calls also the Conatus, The power of existing and he has this very beautiful definition...Each thing, including the humans but also animals and every living being, each thing as far as it can by it’s own power strives to persevere in it being. Another quote..The striving by which each thing strives to persevere in its being is nothing but the actual essence of the thing” so being, being alive is being a force which wants to affirm itself, persevere in its being”
From Catherine Malabou: From Sorrow to Indifference