Sam Abell, Torben Ulrik Nissen, Ron Haviv, Bryan El Castillo, Maxi Cohen
Curated by James Cavello
Amazon Rainforest: Paradise | Paradox, a multi-media exhibition, is an artistic introduction to the Amazon Rainforest, curated by James Cavello of WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC. The theme of the exhibition was inspired by a documentary film, AMAZON GOLD, which had its Pacific premiere at Hawaii International Film Festival. The 53 minute film, narrated by Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, focuses on the universal value and intricate ecosystem of the Amazon rainforest, and brings to light the current environmental issues and destruction as a result of illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon.
The curation presents the documentation or creative view of the Amazon by five artists, each working in different mediums of photography, video and mixed media. A large scale waterfall video by artist Maxi Cohen reveals the power of nature from Iguaçu Falls in the Brazilian Amazon. National Geographic photographer Sam Abell and wildlife photographer Torben Ulrik Nissen present powerful images of animals, insects, birds, even a rare photo of a sloth heading toward the river. Award winning war photojournalist Ron Haviv captured disturbing photographs of environmental devastation from illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon, as well as extraordinary portraits of local residents. Artist Bryan el Castillo's mixed media artwork brings thought provoking contemporary images related to species, people and the ecosystem. The exhibition provides an understanding of the value of rainforests worldwide and the need to protect them for future generations.