I support the Indigenous Cause

In Support the Indigenous Cause

Copyright © Tatiana Cardeal. All rights reserved.

Reprodução proibida. © Todos os direitos reservados.

The model of development that Brazil was rising in the last years could have some strong positive points, but some issues related with the environment, sustainability, violence and disrespect of the Indigenous and Traditional Communities rights (as the Quilombolas - historic afro-brazilian communities) are just going worst.

Last July and August I traveled about 4000km on the Brazilian east boarder, between Bahia' South state and the North of Espírito Santo, visiting many Indigenous and Afro-Brazilian communities (Quilombolas). I was shooting for a research that will be published soon. The main picture is really bad. I also met and interviewed anthropologists, professors at universities and researchers, and what I've seen is disappointment when not revolt.
A meeting formed by a large national group of anthropologists to write a collective manifest for the government was recent planned to happen in Florianópolis. I'll updated about.

You've probably heard about Belo Monte Dam and other projects in the Amazon area, troubles with deforestation, monoculture, and lands issues in the country. The Brazilian Association of Judges for Democracy (www.ajd.org.br) released a campaign named "I Support the Indigenous Cause" and are asking for signatures.

I support the Indigenous Cause
Against the PEC 215 (proposed constitutional amendment)
Demarcation of the Indigenous Lands
Urgency in Court Decisions

There are more detailed information rolling the bar on this link.
I Support the Indigenous Cause
Check the link for other languages:
Português / Español / Français / Italiano / English

If you agree, you can sign the petition that will be sent to the Supreme Court,
the President of the Republic, the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Please, share the campaign with your contacts.


Eu Apoio a Causa Indígena 

Photo: > Kayapó women were singing and dancing their traditions during the Indigenous National Festival, 2012. Bertioga, SP, Brazil.


Santiago, Chile: ACTIVISTA Exhibition

No, I'm not dead. I just have been very negligent with my blog, I now.
But here I am, filling the black screen with some news and not so news. 

First thing to tell you: I was featured at Citypulse ACTIVISTA issue, released in mid-March. The issue presented 16 pages with an overview of my photo work during protests from 2000 to 2011. I will add some on this blog soon, but now the most important: if you are around Santiago during September and first week of October, this should be the last weeks to visit the ACTIVISTA Exhibition at the PUMA LAB and check some of my photos there.

ACTIVISTA - The Exhibition

Santiago, Chile

Includes part of the Citypulse collection: conceptual photography, audio and video developed by this international group, portrays the social movements that are multiply throughout the world, gaining a decisive role in the expression of citizens locally and globally. The work is structured from the eyes of 44 artists from 16 countries, who shape multicultural track the phenomenon from an experimental perspective. This record includes a book, a video (pre-released in August this year at the Festival of Aarau, Switzerland), a photographic collection, a website, and geolocated platforms with audio and video recording. Additionally, the photographic pieces exhibited in PUMA LAB include augmented reality interface that allow viewers to explore the complete works pointing their mobile images displayed.

September 5th to October 7th
GAM - Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral - PUMA LAB
Avenue L. B. O'Higgins 227, UC Metro
Parking Subt. by Villavicencio 354
Santiago, Chile


Soon, more updates!

Inauguración EXPO ACTIVISTA! from PUMA LAB on Vimeo.
Inauguramos la exposición ACTIVISTA! en PUMA LAB que incluye parte de la colección conceptual de fotografía, audio y video desarrollada por Citypulse y que retrata los movimientos sociales que se multiplican a través del mundo, adquiriendo un rol determinante en la expresión ciudadana a nivel local y global. Ojo con la interfaz de realidad aumentada que contienen tanto las fotos como las postales de la EXPO, que permiten a los espectadores recorrer la obra completa apuntando sus móviles a las imágenes expuestas.


Temporal Beauty

This first semester I've been traveling much more than I expected: Argentina (twice), Iguazu Falls, New York City, Uruguay... so, apologies for the long absence here. Since my last post in February I did these trips, went back to Argentina shooting the Northwest area: Salta and Jujuy Provinces, Cataratas do Iguaçu in the Brazilian South, classic icons of South America. It was a new assignment for the Sunday Times Travel Magazine this year, an amazing road trip, and they has just published this Argentina feature named "Tango for Two". You can check it out in the lastest July issue.

These tear sheets above were featured a few months ago inside the NATURA Magazine, previously designed for the printed magazine, and launched for IPad (March/April, 2011). I'm not quite sure if it was publish exactly like I'm showing here (surprisedly, after hard trying to get a pdf from the essay, I still couldn't get from the publishers the final version. According them, due server troubles.)
But well, this was the approved layout, so, I believe (and expect) it should looks like that.

These photos are a piece of an essay I started to shoot years ago and had never finished. Some of you might remember those pictures displayed at my Flickr's page.
Images of women & advertisement have always called my attention, usually producing an avalanche of questionaries, thoughts and feelings. For me it's about time, patterns, sensuality, decadence, abandone, consume, pressure, scars. But these specific bilboards were shot in the Brazilian countryside, at the BR-163 and towns nearby the frontier of Mato Grosso and Pará States, while I was traveling for an NGO on a research/ reportage about sexual exploitation of children and teenagers on the roads.

Old bilboards whispered in my ears all the journey. I couldn't silence them.


Paris: Photo Exhibiton - No to discrimation in education

brazilian children's day maloca's gate- Amazonas
Three of my pictures are showed in this collective exhibition,
and the opening is today (Feb 15th), at the UNESCO Headquarters.
Come to visit if you are in Paris!
> captions for these images are at the photo links.

Exhibition illustrates plurality in education from
a Latin American and Caribbean view

Giving visibility to the issue of discrimination in education is key to overcome this harsh reality. This is the core objective of the photography exhibition No to discrimination in education! Views from Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be presented at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, from 15th to 21st February, 2011.
The exhibition will move to the Novotel Tour Eiffel on the 22nd, commemorating the 4th General Assembly of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), an event that will gather more than 150 activists working towards the right to education all over the world.

The exhibition, featuring 34 photographs taken by various artists, is an initiative of the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE). This roving exhibition was already presented in Sao Paulo, Brazil (May 2010), and in Buenos Aires, Argentina (September 2010).

“The photographs show scenes of daily school life in different corners of Latin America and the Caribbean, giving visibility to the reality of these groups and people who are systematically discriminated within and without the education system. This way, while celebrating difference, the exhibition also aims to point out the still remaining challenges a decade after the signature of the Education for All commitments in Dakar, so that the right to education can become real for all people”, says Camilla Croso, General Coordinator of CLADE.

This exhibition captures the realization of the right to education of indigenous and African-descendant populations, of persons with disabilities, of persons deprived of freedom, of girls and women, of early childhood and young people and adults, as well as education in contexts of displacement and in rural and peripheral urban areas. The exhibition also highlights the situation in Haiti, a country ravaged by an earthquake in January 2010."

Photography Exhibition:
No to discrimination in education! Views from Latin America and the Caribbean

Date and Venue:
February 15-21, 2011, UNESCO Headquarters. 7 Place de Fontenoy, Paris VIIème, Paris.
February 22-27, 2011, Novotel Tour Eiffel. 61 Quai de Grenelle, Paris.


tear sheets

The End of Violence

First image is from the World Pulse Magazine (Global Issues Trough the Eyes of Women), that had just arrived at home. So well printed and beautiful, this winter/spring issue is entitle Embody.
The picture was done at Caracas, during the World Social Forum open march, a few years ago, a group marching for women rights and against violence. Bellow, the original image without crop.

women in action

"Women who are victims of various kinds of gender-related violence and discrimination will testify at a 'world tribunal', as part of the Latin American phase of the VI World Social Forum, in Caracas."

Southern Exposure

A photo taken on board a passenger boat on the Upper Rio Negro, at Amazonas state, illustrates the latest issue of New Internationalist magazine, a British publication with focus on issues related to global justice, sustainability, poverty, social responsibility and social inequality.

day dreaming - Amazonas

The column Southern Exposure highlights artists and photographers from the majority world. It's the fourth contribution I did with the magazine's column (previous can be seen at this link). On this issue I wrote about the natural cycles of the region and their importance for the communities living along the curse, the balance of the resources offered by the river and the jungle.


Back to the point: Belo Monte Dam

warrior's light
Copyright © Tatiana Cardeal. All rights reserved.
Reprodução proibida. © Todos os direitos reservados.

> Yawalapiti warriors live along the Xingu River, at the Xingu Park. I photographed them during the Indigenous National Festival.

While watching the bad day that people, photographers, journalists had in Cairo today, I was observing the arrogance of Muraback's govern and feeling shocked with all the violence. At the same time, I needed to write again about another trouble in another govern, that in a way, is also showing arrogance and total disrespect from it's people: Brazil and the way the Belo Monte Dam have been conduced.

A recent partial license grant given by an interim president of IBAMA (Brazilian Institute for Environment and Natural Renewable Resources), allowed the construction camps and site of the hydroelectric plant of Belo Monte in the Xingu River, at Para State - and has generated a series of reactions against the decision at the media. Federal prosecutors had recommended to IBAMA to not fragment the licensing to speed up the process because the requirements for the previous license had not been completed. A partial license (which should be part of a full license) does not exist in Brazilian environmental legislation.
Not enough, the Federal Public Ministry estimates the number of people affected to be about 40,000 - including traditional and indigenous populations!

Also a controversial fact was the departure of then President of IBAMA, Aberlardo Bayma, on January 12. Bayma justified the resignation saying that his decision was motivated by "personal reasons". However, rumors on the media tell that in recent meetings with Eletronorte, Bayma refused to grant the dam's final construction license, arguing that IBAMA could not grant the document since the project is full of environmental disputes.
Belo Monte's socio-environmental viability is also considered the reason for former Environmental Minister (and candidate in the 2010 presidential elections) Marina Silva stepping out of office in 2008.
Well, there are a lot of new information going on media and social media every day, showing many irregularities, economics doubts, and some institutional explanations. A quick research on the web will add much more to this issue.

Meanwhile, many organizations, social movements, indigenous people, activists, anthropologists, economists, journalists, environmentalists, judges... and many like me, have been alerting and questioning if this dam is really needed, and what are the real costs of this project (economic, human and environmental). The answer is still a mystery. Too many doubts to put so many and so much in risk.

Enough from today! With all I've seen, one thing must be said: Muraback won't be forgot by the history for his choices and acts. The same will happen with the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil.

Mobilizations and online petition
Amigos da Terra, Amazonia.org.br, Amazon Watch, AVAAZ.org, Greenpeace, Instituto Akatu, Instituto Sociambiental, International Conservation, International Rivers, Movimento Xingu Vivo Para Sempre, and other organizations, have been incisive on their position against the continuity of the project in the way it's being developed. Some of them started campaigns.

  • On Twitter, mostly of them are spreading the rashtag #parebelomonte and #belomontenao to protest and call attention for the issue. Some tweets are sharing petitions to be signed.
  • Avaaz launched a large petition, you can sign here.
    "President Dilma promised in her inauguration speech to develop Brazil without damaging the environment. But the Belo Monte dam would be the opposite -- a massive environmental scar in the heart of the Amazon."
  • Save the Xingu River says, and can be signed here.
    "It would divert the flow of the Xingu River and devastate an extensive area of the Brazilian rainforest, displace over 20,000 people and threaten the survival of indigenous peoples."
"Now is a crucial time to take action to defend the Xingu River."

Sources: Global Voices , Survival International , Instituto Sociambiental , Ministério Público Federal do Pará , Avaaz , Movimento Xingu Vivo Para Sempre , Miriam Leitão.com


[ video ] Never late!

Copyright © Tatiana Cardeal. All rights reserved.
Reprodução proibida. © Todos os direitos reservados.

End of the holidays... beginning of a new year.
But never late, folks!

Click the photo to watch the video.

***A very special thank you for the followers!

Photo: El Afronte - Orquestra Típica playing at San Telmo street (Humberto 1º, 343), as they usually do on Sundays afternoon.


do we have a future?

do we have a future?
Copyright © Tatiana Cardeal. All rights reserved.
Reprodução proibida. © Todos os direitos reservados.

In the middle of so many debates about our presidential elections, sustainable development, social responsibility...
what would be the real future for Xingu People of Brazil?

Tuesday, October 26, the Movimento Xingu Vivo para Sempre (Movement Xingu Alive Forever), a coalition of over 250 organizations and social movements that oppose the construction of Belo Monte dam, sent to Dilma Rousseff and Jose Serra a letter requesting that they expose their projects about the controversial dam. It's time to hear answers from these candidates. We can strengthen the process, and let them know that the world is watching signing this:
Petition (english)
Abaixo-assinado (português)

You can also visit the Movement site here and support the cause at their social networks:
Movimento Xingu Vivo para Sempre

> Exhausted, a Kayapo child, during the Indigenous National Festival.


Out My Window - interative 360º documentary!

Out My Window is the first major global of HIGHRISE super cool multi-media collaborative documentary experiment at the National Film Board of Canada, directed by Katerina Cizek.
And I'm in!

Highrise is a project about the human experience in vertical suburbs, "exploring the state of our urban planet told by people who look out on the world from highrise windows... residents who harness the human spirit — and the power of the community...". These concepts approximated one of their editors, Heather Frise, to my documentary work at Prestes Maia Occupation (at São Paulo, Brazil), that was showed at this blog (and Flickr).

I contributed with some of my Archival Photos, images I took at the occupation during 2005 to 2007, that are showed on the "Neighbours" and "Highrise Squat", both pieces of Ivaneti's story. Sadly, I was just arriving in China (2009) when they first contacted me asking to make the records and new photos for Ivaneti's story, but couldn't follow them. Another photographer in São Paulo, Julio Bittencourt, that also worked at the P. Maia Occupation and knew the people did it, and his images looks so great!

The project worth a visit! Check it here.


International Photo Biennale "TashkentAle-2010"

Art Week Style.Uz

October 9th - 14th

This a large-scale cultural and educational project of the Fund “Forum of Culture and Art of Uzbekistan” started in Tashkent.

The week started with the fifth International Tashkent Photo Biennale “TashkentALE 2010”, organized in cooperation with the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan and Tashkent House of Photography at the Youth Creativity Palace.

I'm exhibiting a series with 10 photographs documenting Brazilian Indigenous People.
Works of photographers from over 40 countries are presented at the “TashkentALE”.

Events from the Arte Week are at the National Arts Centre, Youth Creativity Palace, Tashkent House of Photography, and galleries and exhibition halls in Tashkent and Samarkand.