LOS ANGELES, September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Amazonia: photography by Sebastião Salgado, designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado, will make its North American debut at the California Science Center October 21, 2022. Presented with the generous support of the Annenberg Foundation, this multimedia experience includes photography, video and an enveloping forest soundscape, as well as original music composed by an acclaimed French musician. Jean Michel Jarre. Amazonia examines the interconnected lives of the people and forest of the Amazon and their survival in the face of the rapidly encroaching outside world.
The 13,000 square foot exhibit invites guests to explore more than 200 large format hanging photographs, including stunning portraits of indigenous leaders and their communities and dramatic landscapes captured over seven years of expeditions deep into the forest, captured by the world-renowned Brazilian Photographer. Salgado’s breathtaking black and white photographs draw the viewer into one of the most biodiverse regions on earth.
“This extraordinary exhibit will enhance our understanding of life in the Amazon, the ongoing threats from outside and the critical role of sustainable development and conservation in ensuring its survival for generations to come,” said the President and CEO of the California Science Center. Jeffrey Rudolph. “We are honored to share Amazonia with our guests and are infinitely grateful for the foresight and generosity of Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation for offering our visitors this opportunity.”
“When I first saw the amazing work that makes up AmazoniaI felt a deep connection to parts of the world that my own eye had never seen,” said President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, Wallis Annenberg. “I was also outraged by the deforestation and climate destruction ravaging the Amazon. Still, the photos that show the determination and strength of the indigenous peoples are impressive. Amazonia is great art and great teaching and I so hope that every Angeleno sees this groundbreaking exhibition.”
Two projected video montages and interviews with indigenous leaders highlight the current issues faced by keepers of the world’s largest rainforest and show how indigenous people’s lives are connected to their forest environment, prosperity and destiny.
“I wish with all my heart, with all my energy, with all the passion that I have, that in 50 years this exhibition will not be like a record lost world‘ says Sebastiao Salgado. “Amazônia must live on – and always at heart its native people.”
The bilingual exhibition, presented in both English and Spanish, is divided into six different forest sections to explore:
- aerial photography – The exhibition offers visitors a glimpse of sweeping aerial views of mighty waterfalls and stormy skies.
- Flying Rivers – The Amazon forest is the only place on earth where humidity does not depend on evaporation from the oceans. Instead, each tree sucks groundwater through its roots, and the moisture that reaches the leaves evaporates as steam, throwing hundreds of liters of water a day into the atmosphere and creating “flying rivers” shown in this exhibit that contain even more water lead than the Amazon itself.
- tropical rain – Clouds, dramatically captured by Salgado, are an integral part of the Amazon and offer an ever-changing spectacle.
- Mountains – Brazil also features mountains, including the Pacaraima and Imeri mountain ranges featured in the exhibit, with mist-shrouded peaks and rainforest-covered lower slopes.
- Anavilhanas – In the vast expanse of the Amazon rainforest lies the largest freshwater archipelago in the world known as the Anavilhanas. Between 350 and 400 islands of all imaginable shapes rise out of the dark water.
- Ocas – In the center of the exhibition, guests will find three enclosures depicting indigenous houses called “Ocas”. Together, the Ocas are showing 100 photographs of the people of the Amazon, along with video interviews by indigenous leaders.
Sebastião Salgado is a documentary photographer born in Brazil and known worldwide for the power and emotion of his photojournalism and his commitment to environmental education, social justice and conservation. After studying economics, Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in 1973 Parisworked with the photo agencies until 1994 when he and Lélia Wanick Salgado founded Amazonas Images, an agency created solely for his work, today her studio. During this time, the Salgados had also worked to restore part of the Atlantic Forest that had been damaged by deforestation and degradation over time. In 1998, they turned the land into a nature reserve and established Instituto Terra, a foundation dedicated to reforestation and conservation, along with related environmental education and education programs. Over the course of his long and illustrious career, Salgado has traveled to 120 countries and his work has been featured in books and films on a variety of subjects. His last exhibition Amazonia was shown Paris, Rome, LondonSao Paulo, ManchesterAvignon and Rio de Janeiro.
Amazonia opens at the California Science Center with the generous support of the Anenberg Foundation. Admission to the exhibit is consistent with the Science Center’s educational mission and the core values of accessibility and inclusion shared by the Annenberg Foundation.
California Science Center guests are encouraged to complement their visit with an IMAX film Amazon Adventure 3Dwhere they experience the heart of the Amazon rainforest and trace the extraordinary journey of the naturalist and explorer Henry Walter Bates. Shot on location in the lush Amazon, Amazon Adventure 3D immerses the audience in a wild world of beauty and fascinating animal behavior. Visitors to the California Science Center can also extend their visit by exploring the Ecosystems Gallery, which features an unprecedented mix of living plants and animals and hands-on science exhibits in 11 immersive environments. From a walk through a living kelp forest to experimenting on a polar ice wall, guests will examine some of Earth’s most fascinating ecosystems and discover how different species have had to adapt to their unique environments.
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