What’s behind the rise in the Amazon's deforestation—and who is trying to stop it? Experts explored the politics and economics of the Amazon today. ... Play Video
Juliana Barbassa, Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly
Stephan Schwartzman, Senior Director, Tropical Forest Policy, Environmental Defense Fund
Maria Antonia Tigre, Senior Attorney, Environment Program, Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
Brian Winter, Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly (moderator)
After years of declining deforestration rates, the Amazon is once again being cleared at a heightened pace. AS/COA's Brian Winter moderated an expert panel in New York which discussed the factors at play both protecting and endangering the Amazon.
Americas Quarterly's Juliana Barbassa explained how economics establishes political agendas, often rendering environmental protection as a low priority during times of economic crisis. She also placed deforestation within the context of the current Brazilian presidential administration, which has close ties with the agro-industrial lobby. Environmental Defense Fund's Stephan Schwartzman spoke about the Amazon's invaluable role in preventing climate change, and how Brazil's network of indigenous-controlled areas succeeded. Maria Antonia Tigre from the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice analyzed the legal devices for protecting the Amazon, and how national subsidy programs provide incentives for protecting forested areas in Amazonian properties. She also emphasized how the Amazon forest crosses nine national borders, and how one country's engagement with the Amazon affects them all, creating a political ecosystem in itself.
Learn more about the intimate and sensitive work of this key Brazilian contemporary artist. ... Play Video
"It's this play between truth and fiction that comes out through his work. They are almost like poems." That's how Curator Cecilia Brunson describes the works of José Leonilson: Empty Man, the first U.S. solo exhibition of the key Brazilian artist José Leonilson, presented at the Americas Society this Fall through February 2018.
Focusing on Leonilson’s production as a mature artist, the show features approximately fifty paintings, drawings, and intimate embroideries made between the mid-1980s until 1993, when the artist died of AIDS.
In this video, Brunson—who brought the project to Americas Society—explains how the exhibition was organized. By taking as its starting point the works produced during the last three years of his life and then moving backwards, the exhibition maps Leonilson’s artistic journey following the reverse chronology of T.S. Eliot: “In the beginning is my end. In my end is my beginning.”
Americas Society's Visual Arts Assistant Curator Susanna Temkin also talks about how the exhibition came to be named "Empty Man" based on one of Leonilson's pieces.
A fully illustrated publication with newly commissioned texts, edited by Americas Society's Visual Arts Director Gabriela Rangel and Karen Marta is being produced in conjunction with the exhibition.
Con énfasis en la producción del artista entre mediados de los años ochenta hasta su muerte en 1993, la exhibición es la primera muestra individual en Estados Unidos de una de las figuras más destacadas del arte contemporáneo brasilero.
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