Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe participates in Rivus, the 23rd edition of the Sydney Biennale

12 Mar - 13 Jun 2022

Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe participates in the 23rd edition of the Sydney Biennale, curated by José Roca.

The artist draws on knowledges of signs and symbols in Yanomami culture to build a visual lexicon. Growing up in the remote Yanomami community of Pori Pori, located at the shores of the Orinoco river in the Venezuelan Amazon, he learned the skills of hunting and fishing from his father. From his mother, he learned the visual imagery of Yanomami ancestral knowledges and their application in basketry and body markings used in ritual ceremonies. In the mid 1990s, he learned the practice of making paper from native fibres with Mexican artist Laura Anderson Barbata (born 1958). Since then, his work has developed as a personal interpretation of Yanomami creation stories and identity; his drawings and paintings speak of rites and beliefs, observation of the jungle and his concern for the ecosystem.

This collection of drawings for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney represents the vast botanical universe of the Amazon and the ancestral legacy of the artist’s people. It is an exercise in remembering that which was interrupted with the arrival of the napë (foreigner).