02.01.2018 to 02.24.2018
Rua Ferreira Araújo, 625 - Pinheiros Cep: 05428-001 São Paulo - SP | Brasil | São Paulo - Brazil



Curated by Anna Dantes e Ernesto Neto Opening: February 1 at 7:00 p.m. Visitation until February 24, 2018 Monday to Friday, from 11am to 7 pm, Saturdays from 11am to 3pm - free admission.


The forest sings, dances, and feeds.

The forest teaches.
The forest heals.
The forest has its people.
Forest people have their stories.
The forest speaks through these people.
When they talk, it’s the forest talking.
With their medicines the Huni Kuin people get in touch with the spirit of the forest.
We believe that these paintings are voices of the forest, with their stories, with their songs.
The forest delights.
Now the forest paints.
In these paintings are the songs of the enchanted.
Through Dani, Isaka, Yaka and Mana we received some of the worldview of the Huni Kuin people.
They were born in the forest, they live in the forest, and they know the forest.
They have a name for each plant, for each bug, for each bird, for each insect, for each mist.
The forest with its rivers, trees, with the wind, is their sacred family.
Knowledge of the forest is deep; it is an unknown knowledge for science.
It is another knowledge.
These paintings bring us into contact with this knowledge of the forest.
Knowledge that has crossed times through orality and now uses pencil, paper, paintbrush and paints.
These are very old stories, revealed by the colors of his paintings.
They paint the enlightened spirit of each being.
Their paintings show the strength, energy, health and life of the forest.
The forest feeds us with its pure air, with its waters, with its ancestrally.
These paintings hold very ancient knowledge, which has its roots in the depths of the earth, and in the light received by the sun in the brightness of the leaves. It is the talk of heaven and earth.
They bring their daily livelihood in the forest and from the forest.
It is with great honor that we are pleased to present to the people of São Paulo a little of this indigenous life that is at the root of every Brazilian.
The first Brazilian is the son of an indigenous woman.
With this exhibition we believe to open the possibility of contact of our heart with the heart of our first mother here represented by Yube Nawa Aibu, the enchanted python woman of the Huni Kuin people.

With much love and gratitude,

Anna Dantes and Ernesto Neto



Rita Dani, Yaka, Sebastião Paulino Mana and Menegildo Isaka are part of the first generation of painters who flourished from the Huni Kuin living school. * This living school derives from the encounter with the formalization of teaching through courses and teacher training from the 1980s, when they began to use pencil and paper. It drifts in a lively way, because the school in the forest does not only happen in the classroom, although there are also classrooms in the schools of each village.
The living school is in the stories of the ancients, from which come the songs and the knowledge of the plants, the rituals, the root of the samaúma, the sacred and geometric drawing of the kenes and all their wisdom. Something very different from what we call education, because it is not fixed in a program that should be assimilated by the students, but in the confidence that in each child and young is the possibility of rediscovering the world.
The living school is simple: to know and respect the planet, its origin and its forces.
If in the 1980s, pencil and paper ensured a clear positioning for the formation of teachers, cooperatives and land demarcation, Huni Kuin today use such tools to strengthen the transmission of knowledge through art.
The painting they bring out of the forest represents the invisible without being abstract. Reality is not the domain of the visible either. Huni Kuin means true people. The invisible is real, say the Huni Kuin.
Imagination, the word that defines the faculty of the spirit to represent images, here is real, even if invisible. It is fertile, because culture is reborn from it.
Representing may not even be the best definition. Revelation comes close, although it refers to something that appears in itself, without considering the importance of who reveals.
Transforming into drawing, painting and art may be closer to the gesture of complete physical and spiritual delivery that Rita Dani, Yaka, Sebastião Paulino Mana and Menegildo Isaka manifest as they paint screens, murals, or notebooks. Turn the invisible into visible with love and beauty.
The exhibition Yube Nawa Aibu - The charmed python woman starts when the exhibition Shubu Hiwea – Livro escola viva do rio Jordão says goodbye to Itaú Cultural and São Paulo.
Now at the Galeria Estação, more than an exhibition, a river opens, a direct affluent of the Jordan River, an invisible but real river, which brings artists from the Acre Amazonian Huni Kuin to the Southeast, and leads to the forest the possibility that they live from their art.
Good navigations for Yube Nawa Aibu!

Anna Dantes

* People of the tropical Amazonian forest that is distributed in villages in the rivers Purus and Curanja, in Peru, and in the rivers Tarauacá, Jordão, Breu, Muru, Envira, Humaitá and Purus, in Brazil, state of Acre.

Exhibition Yube Nawa Aibu - The charmed python woman
Curatorship: Anna Dantes and Ernesto Neto
Opening February 1st - 7pm
Visitation until February 24, 2018
From Monday to Friday, from 11am to 7pm, Saturdays from 11am to 3pm - free admission.

Galeria Estação
Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 625 | Pinheiros | São Paulo | 55 11 3813-7253