Cartier inaugurates an unprecedented European cultural partnership

Founded in 1984, the “Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain” opens its doors to themes rarely dealt with in museums ranging from the environment to the social sciences and mathematics.

What is the “Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain”?

To use a term closely related to sustainability matters, we can say that The “Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain” is an ecosystem where multidisciplinary art dimensions merge together.

A melting pot of artists, scientists, philosophers, musicians and architects working together, from different points of view, to make space for the unprecedented.

To highlight the link between luxury and art, the Fondation and the Milan Triennale joined forces for a period of eight years to present a rich and shared program of exhibitions and live shows in Milan.

The partnership between Triennale Milano and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

Triennale Milano and Fondation Cartier share a common vision of contemporary artistic creation. They are both dedicated to developing an international program open to all disciplines — contemporary art, architecture, design, fashion, cinema, science and philosophy.

In Europe this landmark collaboration represents a new form of cultural partnership between public and private institutions. The first artist to take the stage is Claudia Andujar with her photographic reportage “The Yanomami Struggle”.

“The Yanomami Struggle” by Claudia Andujar

Claudia Andujar is a Brazilian artist who devoted her life to photographing and protecting the Yanomami, one of Brazil’s largest indigenous groups.

“I am connected to the indigenous, to the land, to the primary struggle. All of that moves me deeply. Everything seems essential. Perhaps I have always searched for the answer to the meaning of life in this essential core. I was driven there, to the Amazon jungle, for this reason. It was instinctive. I was looking to find myself” said Andujar.

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Based on four years of research in the photographer’s archive, this new exhibition curated by Thyago Nogueira will focus on her work from this period.

Three hundred photographs, a series of Yanomami drawings as well as her audiovisual installation Genocide of the Yanomami: Death of Brazil.

The exhibition will explore Claudia Andujar’s extraordinary contribution to the art of photography as well as her major role as a human rights activist in the defense of the Yanomami.

The exhibition is divided into two sections, the dual nature of a career committed to both aesthetics and activism. The first section presents the photographs from her first seven years living with the Yanomami, showing how she grappled with the challenges of visually interpreting a complex culture.

The second features the work she produced during her period of activism, when she began to use her photography as a tool among others for political change.

Their territories are even more threatened today by illegal gold mining, nowadays aggravated by the propagation of Covid-19. The exhibition Claudia Andujar, The Yanomami Struggle has taken on renewed relevance in the context of the humanitarian and environmental crisis exacerbated by the pandemic.

It is not news that art plays a key role in the human transition into something bigger and better, but the outstanding job of Claudia Andujar is superlative.

The partnership inaugurated last October 17th, 2020 with the exhibition Claudia Andujar, The Yanomami Struggle, will continue in 2021 with Les Citoyens, Guillermo Kuitca on the collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

Cartier is a very active brand in terms of social inclusion. As we have seen here, the brand organizes every year the Cartier Women’s Initiative, an international business programme to identify, support and encourage businesses led by women entrepreneurs.

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