Claudia Andujar, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1931, dedicated her life to photograph the Yanomami, an Amazonian community with little contact with the outside world. This publication was published in conjunction with the same-named exhibition at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt/Main (18.2. – 25.6.2017).
“Claudia Andujar (*1931) is one of South America’s most important representatives of artistic-documentary photography. Within the framework of her involvement as an activist protecting and preserving the Yanomami, Brazil’s largest indigenous people, she has been working on her most important series, Marcados, from the 1970s until today. The portraits are the starting point for an in-depth examination of Yanomami culture. The book also includes other groups of photographic works from the 1960s until today. In an accompanying interview with the curator Carolin Köchling, the artist gives in-depth insights into her creativity and work.” Publisher Info
“Not only the photographic subject – whether person or object – inscribe themselves in Andujar’s works, but also always the position of the photographer herself as the subject’s vis-à-vis. To shoot the “Rua Direita” series (1970), for example, Andujar sat down on the crowded street of the same name in São Paulo and photographed the passers-by at an extreme angle from below. Though they look almost posed in the photographs, the people’s startled, aloof or curious expressions actually mirror their spontaneous reactions to the unexpected encounter with the photographer.” MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt/Main
The Maxita Yano – Claudia Andujar Gallery in Brumadinho, Brazil, was designed to shelter the works of the swiss-born Brazilian photographer Claudia Andujar.The gallery was christened ‘Maxita Yano’ – meaning ‘clay house’ in Yanomami language – by the native americans that attended the opening ceremony.