LOS ANGELES, September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Amazonia: Photograph by Sebastião Salgado, designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado, will make its North American debut at the California Science Center on October 21, 2022. This multimedia experience, presented with the generous support of the Annenberg Foundation, includes photographs, videos and an enveloping soundscape of the forest and original music composed by renowned French musician, Jean Michel Jarre. Amazon explores the interconnected lives of the inhabitants and forest of the Amazon and their survival in the face of the rapidly encroaching outside world.
The 13,000 square foot exhibit invites visitors to explore more than 200 large-scale hanging photographs, including stunning portraits of Indigenous leaders and their communities and dramatic landscapes captured during seven years of deep-sea expeditions. of the forest, captured by world renowned Brazilian photographer. Salgado’s breathtaking black and white photographs draw viewers to one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet.
“This extraordinary exhibit will enrich our understanding of life in the Amazon, the constant threats from the outside world, and the vital role of sustainable development and conservation in ensuring its survival for generations to come,” said the President and CEO. from the California Science Center, jeffrey rodolphe. “We are honored to share Amazon with our guests, and are immensely grateful for the vision and generosity of Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation for providing this opportunity to our visitors.”
“When I first saw the stunning work that makes up AmazonI felt a deep connection to parts of the Earth that my own eyes had never seen,” said the President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, Wallis Annenberg. “I also felt a sense of outrage at the deforestation and climate disruption ravaging the Amazon. Yet the photographs depicting the courage and strength of indigenous peoples are awe-inspiring. Amazon is great art and great teaching and I so hope every Angeleno sees this groundbreaking exhibit.”
Two projected video montages and interviews with indigenous leaders shed light on the contemporary issues facing the custodians of the largest rainforest on the planet and reveal how the lives of indigenous peoples are interconnected with their forest environment, its prosperity and its fate.
“My wish, with all my heart, with all my energy, with all my passion, is that in 50 years this exhibition will not look like the record of a lost world“, says Sebastião Salgado. “The Amazon must continue to live – and, always at its heart, its indigenous inhabitants.”
The bilingual exhibition, presented in English and Spanish, is organized into six different forest sections to explore:
- Aerial views – The exhibition offers visitors a look at panoramic aerial views of huge waterfalls and stormy skies.
- Flying rivers – The Amazon rainforest is the only place on Earth where air humidity does not depend on evaporation from the oceans. Instead, each tree sucks up water from the ground through its roots, and the moisture that reaches the leaves evaporates as vapor, throwing hundreds of gallons of water a day into the atmosphere and creating ” flying rivers”, revealed in this exhibit, which carry even more water than the Amazon River itself.
- tropical rains – The clouds, spectacularly captured by Salgado, are an integral part of the Amazon, providing an ever-changing spectacle.
- mountains – Brazil also has mountains, including the Pacaraima and Imeri mountain ranges featured in the exhibit, which feature peaks shrouded in mist and lower slopes covered in rainforest.
- Anavilhanas – In the vastness of the Amazon rainforest lies the largest freshwater archipelago in the world, known as Anavilhanas. Between 350 and 400 islands of every conceivable shape emerge from the dark waters.
- Ocas – In the center of the exhibition, visitors find three enclosures representing indigenous houses called “ocas”. Together, the ocas feature 100 photographs of the Amazon people, as well as video interviews with indigenous leaders.
Sebastião Salgado is a documentary photographer, born in Brazil and recognized worldwide for the power and emotion of his photojournalism and his dedication to environmental education, social justice and conservation. After studying economics, Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in 1973 at Parisworking with photo agencies until 1994 when he and Lélia Wanick Salgado formed Amazonas Images, an agency created exclusively for his work, now their studio. During all this time, the Salgados had also worked to restore part of the Atlantic Forest, damaged over time by deforestation and degradation. In 1998, they turned the land into a nature reserve and formed the Instituto Terra, a foundation dedicated to its reforestation and conservation, as well as related environmental training and education programs. During her long and illustrious career, Salgado has traveled to 120 countries and her work has been featured in books and films on various themes. His last exhibition Amazon was shown in Paris, Rome, LondonSao Paulo, ManchesterAvignon and Rio de Janeiro.
Amazon opens its doors at the California Science Center with the generous support of the Annenberg Foundation. Reflecting the Science Center’s educational mission and the core values of accessibility and inclusion shared by the Annenberg Foundation, admission to the exhibit is free.
California Science Center guests are encouraged to complete their visit with the IMAX film Amazon Adventure 3Dwhere they will discover the heart of the Amazon rainforest and retrace the extraordinary journey of the naturalist and explorer Henry Walter Bates. Shot on location in the lush Amazon region, Amazon Adventure 3D immerses audiences in a wild world of beauty and captivating animal behavior. Visitors to the California Science Center can also extend their visit by exploring the Ecosystems Gallery, which features an unprecedented mix of live plants and animals, and interactive science exhibits in 11 immersive environments. From walking through a living kelp forest to experimenting on a polar ice wall, guests will investigate some of Earth’s most fascinating ecosystems and discover the ways various species have had to adapt to their unique environments.
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