Sheroanawë Hakihiiwë Sheroanawë Hakihiiwë at 23rd Sydney Biennale

25 May 2021

We are very happy to know that Sheroanawë Hakihiiwë is one of the selected artists to be part of the 23rd Sydney Biennale, because very soon we will hold a Hakihiiwë’s solo exhibition at Ana Mas Projects.

Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe is an Indigenous Yanomami artist from Sheroana, a small community of the Upper Orinoco River in the Venezuelan Amazon. Working primarily with drawing and handmade papers crafted from native fibers, he draws from his ancestral knowledge of the signs and symbols of Yanomami culture, and their application in basketry and body painting for ritual ceremonies. While such practices are female in Yanomami culture, he has consciously recovered these motifs to build his visual lexicon. Hakihiiwe’s work is a very personal interpretation of Yanomami tradition and identity; his drawings and paintings speak to his rites and beliefs, observations of the jungle and concern for the ecosystem.

Hakihiiwe is now presenting ‘Urihi their’ his first solo show in Europe at Kunsthalle Lissabon and which bring together new series of three large-scale paintings on fabric and drawings on papers made of natural fibers. ‘Urihi their’ which in Yanomami means “the place of the jungle” but, according to a very personal approach of the artist, can rather be understood as “the jungle is a community itself”, runs until June 5th, 2021.

In addition, he is currently participating in the exhibition ‘Amazonía’ at the el Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Sevilla (Spain). An exhibition curated by Berta Sichel, focused on the Amazon rainforest, its native societies and ecologies, climate change, and the fate of the earth and its inhabitants. It will be on view until October 31, 2021.

Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Maa mape oni (Laja de piedra pintada), 2019.
© Julio Osorio. Cortesía de Galeria Abra, Caracas