presents


SANFONA / SYMPHONY


an
electrate exhibition
&
support campaign
for 
the Indigenous peoples
of Brazil
by,




JULIEN
BISMUTH
&
CORAZON
DEL SOL






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INTRODUCTION

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.


BIOGRAPHIES

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.

DONATION INFORMATION

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.


To donate swiftly:

{{APIB’s donation page}}

If you require a tax-receipt for a larger donation:

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SANFONA / SYMPHONY


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JULIEN BISMUTH, 10.21.20:


“Moreover, because our Toüoupinambaults are much amazed to see us French and others from distant lands take such pains to acquire their Arabotan or brazilwood, there was an old man among them who made the following query to me, What does it mean that you others, Mairs and Peros, i.e. French and Portuguese, come from so far away to acquire wood for heating? have you none in your country ? To which, having answered that yes we did and in great quantity, but none like those in your country, much less brazilwood, which we do not burn as he thought but rather use as a dye, he suddenly replied: But why do you need so much? … you Mairs are great fools. Must you labor so far to cross the sea, on which you endured so many hardships, just to amass riches for your children or for those who will survive you? Will not the earth that nourishes you suffice to nourish them? We have, he added, parents and children, whom, as you see, we love and cherish: but because we are confident that after our death the earth which has nourished us will nourish them, without further worry, we can rest on that.”

Jean de Léry (1534-1613)
History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil, Also Called America

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CORAZON DEL SOL, 10.14.20:




Life, The Greatest Show On Earth. Never Forget it.
Always Remember, The Only Difference Between A Crisis And An Adventure Is Your Reaction To It.
You Can’t Save Your Breath By Holding It.
Breath is Life and Love Propelles It
We Live In The Hearts We Leave Behind
As Long As you Remember, We Are In A Science Fiction Film Now, We Will Figure It Out
Oooooohhhhhhhh Yeeeeaaaahhhhh


Our Popi would make us repeat these sayings over and over, like the keys to a world that wouldn't make sense.
Future memories from distant pasts.
Rojelio Alcorcha Zamora, Born September 9, 1945, Walked May 8, 2010.
Singing A Yaqui song of transition. He passed soon after this video was taken
My Sister Aurora Del Sol reciting his words
Images of the Monarch Butterfly Migration in Michoacán, who’s numbers are down by more than half. Pretending we are not all connected is no longer an option. Please donate now to APIB or ISA to support indigenous groups in Brazil.

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