Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe. Watori

Venue: Ana Mas Projects
Carrer Isaac Peral, 7
08902 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat

Watori is the first monographic exhibition in Spain by the indigenous artist Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe (Sheroana, Venezuela 1971), which brings together a selection of drawings on paper created between 2015 and 2020.

Hakihiiwe’s work addresses diverse issues closely related to the environment and imaginary of his community, the oral memory, their rites and beliefs, and their ancestral traditions; but also to his own sensitive experience as part of the Yanomami people, located in the Venezuelan Upper Orinoco, and his singular concern for the ecosystem in which he lives.

Since the 90s, handcrafted paper and drawing have become indissoluble and characteristic elements of his practice, giving special attention to the origin and rituality of the materials that, being typical plant fibres of that place, generate that physical and definitive link of his work with the ecosystem in which it is inscribed.

Through the observation of the jungle and the environment, Hakihiiwe creates compositions constructed from the repetition of an element related to motifs such as travel, fauna, land, vegetation, landscape, and to typical practices of life in the Amazon such as hunting, fishing or planting and harvesting; elements closely linked to the mythology and spirituality of the Yanomami community, which the artist simplifies and synthesises in a characteristic language faithful to the graphic and symbolist style typical of the decoration of objects and body paintings of the Yanomami ceremonies.

Exhibition carried out within the framework of the programming of Barcelona Gallery Weekend 2021.

Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe. Watori