ARTIST FOR THE AMAZON
The sacred world of the jaguar, the butterfly, the snake, the piraña, the catfish, the alligator or the turtle, does not belong in property to the human species, even if humans have so believed. Everything that lives under the sky of the Amazon region is unique and impossible anywhere else on the planet, this is why the Amazonía matters to me. Taking for granted what is there when one is born, and believing that it will be there when one dies, is not an option now the Amazonian Region is under great and diverse kinds of threats.
Ancient indigenous people have inhabited the region for centuries and being guardians caring for an ecosystem that connects life in many forms: 1.801 species of vascular plants, 82 species of mammals, 60 reptile species, 57 amphibia, along with the jaguar, the danta, the snake, the pink dolphin, vats, birds, butterflies, and fish. Along with the cultural indigenous richness, this is what is at stake when we move the agricultural & mine frontier pushing the Amazonia back. As a species, do we really need more pasture for cattle? more gold? more oil combustibles? What does matter the most? Why many can’t see?
About Blanca Botero
Blanca is an artist who strives to cultivate an understanding of relationships between humans and the natural world through works that sparks discussion. Her focus is on the patterns of human settlement, and the human appropriation and exploitation of natural resources. Blanca‘s artwork, including drawings, photography, and installation and expresses a personal, poetic and critical point of view inspired by her previous experience as a corporate and financial attorney. Blanca holds a master’s degree in Fine, Electronic and Time Arts (University of Los Andes, Bogotá) and have artistic training in History and Appreciation of Art (Piedmont Community College, Charlottesville) and Painting (The Glassell School of Art of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts). She has been a resident artist in AIRIE.org (Everglades National Park, US, 2018) and LABVERDE (Manaus, 2016), and her works has been exhibited in Colombia and the USA.