Edgar Kanaykõ Xakriabá reflects on the continued importance of photography in the Brazilian Amazon

Image of Edga Kanaykõ Xakriabá speaking about his work

In this video, Edgar presents himself as an Indigenous artist from the Xakriabá people in the Brazilian Amazon. These reflections were shared as part of the webinar on Creative engagements on the front lines that was organised ahead of the exhibition launch.

For Edgar, art, and specifically photography, can be instruments of struggle and resistance. As an Indigenous photographer, Edgar can tell stories from the perspectives of Indigenous people, perspectives that have historically been excluded from mainstream narratives. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, such perspectives are all the more important because the virus is disproportionately affecting Indigenous people in Brazil, and bringing up histories of violence and extermination of Indigenous peoples through disease in the American continent. In this current context, creative engagements continue to be instruments of struggle and resistance.

These themes are explored in Edgar’s contribution to the online Extracting Us exhibition, Images, Struggles and Resistance.

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