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Street Artist Responds To The Destruction Of Indigenous Land

Picture of Rachel Gould
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 11 November 2016
French street artist and photographer Philippe Echaroux is protesting the destruction of sacred Surui land by projecting the faces of indigenous people onto Amazonian trees destined for demolition. Part of Echaroux’s Street Art 2.0 series, these arboreal images insinuate that “When you cut a tree, it’s like cutting down a man.”

Alongside Chief Almir Surui Narayamoga, Philippe Echaroux is fighting the destruction of the Amazon rainforest with art. Chief Surui and his people are the victims of boundless deforestation and mining; for the first time in history, there are more gold washers than native people on the land. These “ephemeral” projections are part of a project that Echaroux and the Surui people hope will circulate “awareness of this horrible and greedy slaughter…”

Philippe Echaroux’s Street Art 2.0 series, in which the artist projects powerful words and images across natural and urban landscapes, is designed to be “gentle…not aggressive to the environment but [rather] extremely impactful and engaged.” Echaroux is not only an artist but an activist, and he uses his craft as a means of fighting hefty socio-political battles, peacefully.

Photographs from the artist’s Amazonian series will be on display at Galerie Taglialatella in Paris as part of Echaroux’s exhibition, The Crying Forestwhich opens on November 11th and will run through December 15th, 2016.