Category: Indigenous people

Ritual Masks for a World in Crisis

Ritual Masks for a World in Crisis

Denilson Baniwa was born in Barcelos, Amazonas, Brazil, in 1984. His art explores his experience of being Indigenous in the current moment, combining traditional and contemporary Indigenous references, and making use of Western icons to raise awareness about the struggle of Indigenous peoples in various media and languages. Here he presents “Ritual Masks for a World in Crisis”, an artwork created for the IMS Convida programme, which encourages artistic creation during the coronavirus quarantine.

Memories of the Past, Fear of the Present: Being Indigenous in the Face of the Pandemic

Memories of the Past, Fear of the Present: Being Indigenous in the Face of the Pandemic

Francineia Fontes Baniwa: When we speak of Indigenous peoples and the current challenge of the pandemic, I think immediately of my Upper Negro River region in the northern part of Amazonas state. Just in the first months of the year, I lost my aunt, my father’s sister; my children lost their grandfather on their father’s side; a close relative lost her baby in childbirth, and today I received the news that the wife of my cousin Daniel passed away as she was giving birth, but the baby survived.