Image above: Ernesto Neto, Cura Bra Cura Té, 2019. Installation view at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. Photo: Levi Fanan. Courtesy Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Los Angeles.
Since 2013, Ernesto Neto has been collaborating with the peoples of the forest, particularly the indigenous community Huni Kuin, also known as Kaxinawá. The population of this ethnic group, which now stands at 7,500 people, inhabits part of the Brazilian state of Acre and makes up the largest indigenous population of the state.
“The indigenous peoples of the forest have a much deeper connection to nature. In actual fact, the word ‘nature’ as something that lies outside of us human beings doesn’t even exist in this community. They cannot make sense of this separation,” observes the artist.
Indigenous cultures tend to place a strong emphasis on equality, balance and harmony with nature. There is a stronger sense of unity, of mutual responsibility and care for each other and the Earth as an interconnected web of life. Join Ernesto Neto's call for healing, as he embraces this perspective and advocates for reciprocal relationships between people and the planet.