Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin

Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin

Aru Kuxipa—Sacred Secret

Edited by Daniela Zyman, Eva Ebersberger and Franziska Sophie Wildförster

Distributed for Sternberg Press




“This is a new story; it is called Aru Kuxipa. It is new, but it is old. Aru Kuxipa to me means our people, the old ones, living together with nature, in balance with our tradition. Aru means secret, sacred. Kuxipa means like a god.” —Txana Bane

The exhibition "Aru Kuxipa" was conceived by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto as a personal tribute to the Huni Kuin. Held at TBA21 – Augarten, the show was a vibrant demonstration of ancestral futures, a term that unpacks potentials for creating a future that is also deeply rooted in cultures of tradition. Through multiple exchanges between members of thirty-two Huni Kuin communities in Brazil, this publication brings together threads from anthropology, art, and science that are interwoven, like the movement of a serpent, with essay contributions, oral histories, drawings, and traditional song. Together, they outline the way unique kinships produced within an indigenous cosmo-vision can shape our present moment.

Copublished with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna

ContributorsMila Cataldo, Damian Christinger, James Clifford, Anna Dantes, Fabiano Txana Bane Sales Huni Kuin Kaxinawa, Francesca von Habsburg, Marcelo Piedrafita Iglesias, José Yubē de Lima Kaxinawa, Leopardo Yawa Bane Sales Huni Kuin Kaxinawa, Manoel Dua Busē Vandique Kaxinawa, Ricardo Moebus, Jeremy Narby, Ernesto Neto, Osvaldo Isaka Manduca Mateus Kaxinawa, Tiago Paulino Sales Txana Xiná Bena, Virgulino Ixã Rodrigues Sales Kaxinawa, Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Franziska Sophie Wildförster, Daniela Zyman


$49.95 T ISBN: 9783956791857 208 pp. | 8.25 in x 11.5 in color illus.

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Daniela Zyman

Daniela Zyman is the artistic director of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21). Her research into the ocean began when she worked with TBA21–Academy,, and Ocean Space in the former Church of San Lorenzo in Venice. Before joining TBA21 in 2003, she was chief curator of MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Art in Vienna and MAK-Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles.

Eva Ebersberger

Eva Ebersberger is Head of Publications at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna.

Franziska Sophie Wildförster