Will we one day visit internet graveyards and lay flowers on digital tombstones?
Nancy Flowers lived with the camera. She still refers to each camera by name – knowing exactly which accompanied her on every trip; her life-long companion. With no living relatives, Nancy's entire legacy lives in the photographs she and her cameras are leaving behind.
Today, we are turning the camera on Nancy. We are creating and organizing a Nancy Flowers Archive – digital files of a lifetime of documentation. To our generation this seems like a step in the direction of immortalizing her work, and her life. We are making Nancy accessible to the future, but what is the creation of a digital archive really doing? Is this the format through which future minds will access images, words, and information?
Mauricio and Laura have the support of The Benjamin Menschel Fellowship, from The Cooper Union. We will be presenting The Nancy May Flowers Project as part of the Menschel Exhibition in November of 2011 in the Foundation Building (7 Cooper Square, Astor Place, New York City). In addition to screenings of The Nancy May Flowers Project Documentary, we will have an exhibition of Nancy's work, the work of the Xavante and OUR WORK: a reaction.
In addition to Nancy's presence,one of grandeur ideas involves having a member of the Xavante tribe in attendance, although at this stage of the project it is difficult to comprehend how feasible this is. Regardless, this is something we are adamantly pursuing, and your donations would be a big step towards making this happen.
WE WANT YOU TO JOIN THE FOUR OF US, NANCY, and (fingers-crossed!) A MEMBER OF THE XAVANTE at our opening in November of this year!
- AIRFARE, New York > Rio de Janeiro > Brasilia > Mato Grosso > Aldeia Pimentel Barbosa
- TRANSPORTATION TO THE XAVANTE RESERVATION, (Car Rental/Bus Fare)
- super 8, 16mm, 35mm, medium and large format FILM
- LARGER SCALE MATERIALS for the EXHIBITION, frames, building supplies, silver gelatin photo paper, projectors, television screens, etc.
- Financing the attendance of a member of Xavante tribe to the show in NYC in November
WORK WE ARE REFERENCING
VIDEO NAS ALDEIAS: Vincent Carelli, Caimi Waiassé, and more
THE XAVANTE IN TRANSITION: Health, Ecology and Bioanthropology in Central Brazil. A book by Carlos E. A. Coimbra Jr.; Nancy M. Flowers; Francisco M. Salzano; and Ricardo V. Santos (plus addition texts by these scholars).
THE ARCHIVES OF THE MUSEO DO INDIO:
To see Mauricio's work please check out: http://www.cortesmauricio.com/
Lauras' work can be found at: http://www.lauragenes.com/
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