Events, experiences and guided tours

Sebastião Salgado. AMAZÔNIA

Thursday, February 29, 2024 - Sunday, October 13, 2024

With more than 200 photographs on display, Amazônia aims to offer a total immersion in the Amazon rainforest, inviting us to reflect on the need to protect it.
Sebastião Salgado. AMAZÔNIA
The exhibition Sebastião Salgado. Amazônia will open to the public at the Salone degli Incanti in Trieste from the 29th February and will remain on display until the 13th October 2024.

Promoted by the Municipality of Trieste - Department of Culture and Tourism Policies with the support of PromoTurismoFVG and the Trieste Convention and Visitors Bureau and organised by Civita Mostre e Musei and Contrasto, the exhibition is curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado. Zurich is the global partner of the entire international tour of the Amazônia exhibition and illycaffè is its partner for Trieste.

After the Genesis project, Sebastião Salgado embarked on a new series of journeys to capture the incredible richness and variety of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest and the ways of life of its peoples, settling in their villages for several weeks and photographing different ethnic groups. A seven-year project that Sebastião Salgado will share at a meeting with the public scheduled for Thursday, 29th February at 5 p.m., at the Salone degli Incanti Auditorium.

For Sebastião Salgado, these images bear witness to what survives before further gradual disappearance. "My wish, with all my heart, with all my energy, with all the passion I possess, is that 50 years from now this exhibition will not resemble a testimony of a lost world," says the Brazilian master. "The Amazon must continue to live-and, always have in its heart, its indigenous inhabitants."

EXHIBITION
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With more than 200 photographs on display, Amazônia aims to offer a total immersion in the Amazon rainforest, inviting us to reflect on the need to protect it.

Lélia Wanick Salgado, the photographer's work and life partner, is responsible for the curatorship and set design of the exhibition. "In designing 'Amazônia,' I wanted to create an environment in which the visitor would feel inside the forest, integrated with its exuberant vegetation and the daily life of the indigenous people. My idea was to present these images, accompanied by relevant texts, in such a way as to emphasize the beauty of this nature and its inhabitants, as well as its ecological and human dimensions, all of which are so threatened today and which it is essential to protect and preserve," comments Lélia.

The exhibition is developed around two themes. The first is the landscape setting photographs, placed at different heights and presented in different formats, with the sections ranging from Forest Overview, in which the visitor is given a broad overview of immense waterfalls and stormy skies, to Flying Rivers: the Amazon rainforest is the only place in the world where the air moisture system does not depend on ocean evaporation. Each tree disperses hundreds of liters of water a day, creating aerial rivers even larger than the Amazon. Images of Tropical Storms show dramatically captured clouds, providing an ever-changing spectacle, while Mountains presents Brazil's mountainous ranges, with peaks shrouded in mist and lower slopes covered by rainforest. It continues with the section The Forest, once referred to as the "Green Hell," now to be seen as an extraordinary treasure of nature, and ends with Anavilhanas-Islands in the Stream, the archipelago of between 350 and 450 islands of every imaginable shape emerging from the dark waters of the Rio Negro.

The second group of images is dedicated to the different indigenous peoples: in the center of the exhibition guests find three enclosures representing indigenous homes called "ocas." Together, these spaces display 100 photographs of the peoples of the Amazon, along with video interviews of indigenous leaders. This part is dedicated to 12 indigenous groups that Salgado immortalized in his many travels: Awa-Guajá, Marubo, Korubo, Waurá, Kamayurá, Kuikuro, Suruwahá, Asháninka, Yawanawá, Yanomami, Macuxi and Zo'é.

The visit is accompanied by an immersive audio track specially commissioned for the Amazônia exhibition by Jean-Michel Jarre that brings to life the sounds of the rainforest. With a veritable symphony of the world composed of the concrete sounds of the forest-the rustling of trees, the cries of animals, the songs of birds, or the rush of water gushing from mountain tops-the exhibition also restores the voices and songs of the indigenous people, all from the sound archives of the Museum of Ethnography in Geneva.

Two projection rooms are an integral part of the exhibition: one shows the forest landscape, whose images flow accompanied by the sound of the symphonic poem Erosão, a work by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959); the other displays portraits of indigenous women and men with music specially composed by Brazilian musician Rodolfo Stroeter in the background.

In the words of Sebastião Salgado: "This exhibition aims to recreate the environment of the Amazon rainforest, which I have lived in, documented and photographed for seven years, giving visitors the chance to identify with and immerse themselves in both its lush vegetation and the daily life of the native populations. It is the responsibility of every single human being on the planet to take part in the protection of this immense heritage that is in danger of disappearing, so that life and nature can escape further episodes of destruction and depredation".