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 peoples 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 peoples 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 shot this footage in 2019, in the city of Corumba in Matto Grosso do Sul.

In recent weeks, protests have increased against Bolsonaro and his government in response to charges of corrupion related to the Covid-vaccine. Meanwhile, Bolsonaro and his government are aggressively moving to legally eradicate the land rights of indigenous populations, threatening future and existing demarcations of indigenous territories, as documented by APIB on their website:

This is a critical time for the Amazon rainforest and the indigenous populations of Brazil. The struggle we face as a planet is between those who want to consume and destroy it, and those who want to preserve and sustain it for future generations. In the words of the indigenous leader, Sônia Guajajara:

"Our lives are inextricable from the natural world. The creatures of the rainforest protect us, and in turn we protect them. We are the only buffers protecting our thinning forests. Our battle is not just for the future. It’s for the present."

Please donate to APIB and ISA using the links at the bottom of this page.


CORAZON DEL SOL, 06.08.21:

“At the beginning of the National strike, the Misak came early in morning to Cali and in a very simple and symbolic act, tore down the statue of Sebastián Belacázar in Cali. This person colonized the Valley of Cauca (Cali) and Cauca (Popayan), which is why we have his statue in both places. It was as if the Misak had embarked on a route of colonial liberation. Leaving from Cauca and arriving in the Valley of Cauca, beginning the national strike with this magical symbolic act. With this act a veil is lifted and we begin to ask... how could we live with this?”

Laura Victoria

Cali, Colombia

May 13, 2021