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Marie Baronnet, The New Pathfinders

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Le bleu du ciel, a contemporary photography center in Lyon, is presenting a group exhibition called The Way Back, dealing with with Native Americans in the American West, with photographers Stéphane Barbato, Robert Alan Packard, Carlotta Cardana, Marion Gronier, Stephanie Keith, Guy le Guerrec and White Eagle. The work presented also includes that of Marie Baronnet, The New Pathfinders. This work shows evidence of the rebellious and inventive activism of the Navajos, ahead of the social and ecologic conscience of the Western world surrounding them, facing the obscurantism that will lead the world to its fall. In this community committed to the fight against coal mining and the power plants burning it, there is tensions between the Anglo and Navajo cultures and the forging of a hybrid identity, intrinsic of the Southwest. The white man projects its fantasies onto Native Americans, and mass tourism is its image. Tourists shooting pictures, trampling sacred land, curious about this Native American mythology but indifferent to the singularity of the indigenous individual, and only barely conscious of the climatic dangers that are threatening them,...

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