The Crying Forest puts Amazon deforestation under the spotlight

French street artist and photographer Philippe Echaroux is bringing to light the impact of deforestation on the Amazonian Paiter Surui tribe.

In a project, entitled ‘The Crying Forest’, Echaroux captured portraits of the indigenous tribe of western Brazil and projected them on to trees in their native land.

Photographs from ‘The Crying Forest’ are currently on display at the Galerie Taglialatella in Paris, until 15 December.

Echaroux visited the Paiter Surui tribe earlier this year, where he photographed the indigenous natives for his project. The artist and photographer then created an installation by enlarging and projecting the images over Amazonian trees in the Surui area.

The Paiter Surui tribe currently numbers around 1,300 people. Through his art, Echaroux is raising awareness of the dangers of deforestation and the impact on the tribe and their lives.

Almir Narayamoga Surui, the chief of the Paiter Surui tribe, has been given the task of replanting and protecting part of the rainforest by the Brazilian government.

He said: “Since the beginning of this year, we are undergoing a total invasion of deforesters and miners of diamonds and gold.

“Every day, 300 trucks leave our territory filled with wood, which represents 600 hectares of deforested forests. And it continues to increase, whilst according to the Constitution of Brazil, it is illegal to deforest an indigenous reservation.

“On the ground, the illegal loggers have heavy means, with caterpillar machines. We have found mercury and cyanide in three rivers of Surui territory because of the miners.”

In the past 40 years, 20% of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed.

Echaroux added: “Victims of massive deforestation and gold washers who did not hesitate to violate the Surui’s territory to seize deposits of precious stones, the Surui people want to raise awareness of this horrible and greedy slaughter that endangers a territory and its people.”

All images: © Philippe Echaroux

The Crying Forest exhibition is on at the Galerie Taglialatella, Paris until 15 December

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com


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