Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Photo Contest Exhibit

Presented by the OAS Department of international Law and AMA

Opening reception October 9, 2013 at 6pm

On view October 9 | November 1, 2013

Organization of American States
1889 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Monday - Friday | 9am -5pm

The OAS Department of International Law and AMA | Art Museum of the Americas present an exhibition of winning entries of a photo competition on topics relevant to indigenous peoples of the Americas. Participation was free and open to all levels of expertise with no age restriction.

The photographs represented a wide range of geographical, cultural, and work-themed elements of a variety of indigenous cultures of the Americas. The contest sought to focus on the eye of the photographer to indigenous worlds. The contest was juried by a selection committee composed of OAS staff members representing the Department of International Affairs, AMA | Art Museum of the Americas and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ - German Society for International Cooperation).

Artists from various countries around the Americas and Europe submitted 520 photographs of which 21 of the top entries will be exhibited. The winning entry Kayapó Body Painting was submitted by Mário Rainha Campos. Campos's photo was taken in Brazil and it captures children expressing themselves through art in the Kayapó community of the Brazilian Amazon. Campos will be present for the exhibition opening at the OAS headquarters building.

Selected photographs will also be published by the Department of International Law in volumes related to the "Action Plan for the Promotion of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas", in addition to publication on the website:

The Department of International Law (DIL) of the OAS promotes and strengthens the participation of indigenous peoples in various domestic and international processes of decision-making and develops activities to sensitize the society and train representatives of indigenous peoples in areas allow the development of their communities. DIL's work contributes to the elimination of all forms of racial and ethnic discrimination, and various forms of intolerance and supports the promotion and protection of human rights of indigenous peoples.

The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas is founded on the principle that the arts transform individuals and communities. This, in turn, promotes the core values of the OAS, providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, dialogue and learning, highlighting themes of democracy, equitable development, human rights, justice, freedom of expression, and innovation. Through the arts and cultural exchange projects such as the Indigenous Perspective, AMA tries to convey a constructive vision of the future of the Americas.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. They are also engaged in international education work around the globe.

GIZ facilitates change and empower people to take ownership of their own sustainable development processes. In doing this, GIZ is guided by the concept of sustainable development, and take account of political, economic, social and ecological factors. We support our partners at local, regional, national and international level in designing strategies and meeting their policy goals.

Selected Photos for Exhibition
Alquimia Femenina - Daniel Fernando Torres Rozo
Amerindian Girl - Brian Gomes
Asas e sonhos - Jorge Donizetti Pavani
Baile Emberá Dobidá - Juan Pablo Gutierrez Gonzalez
Belleza Ingenua - Ana Isabel Araúz
Cena Puneña - Luis Elias Alfageme
Cielo - Barbara Inés Lombardi
El país del agua - Guillermo Ossa
Entre el bloque 7 y 21 - Andrés Esteban Yépez Jaramillo
Indigenous Voices in the Modern World - Caroline Bennett
Indigenous Weaver from Chinchero - Neca Dantas
Intruder - Esteban Vincenti Zúñiga
Lugares altos, cultura de altura - Wendy Noelia Villazón Rojas
Making Cassava Bread - Sharon Shameza Ramkarran
Mama y su hija; mirada Purépecha sin límites - Denis Jockmans
Miradas Indígenas Panameñas - Ana Isabel Araúz
Músicos de la Tierra - Arturo Martin Gonzales Pineda
Pataxós, BA - Ana Lucia Machado Simões
Picardía - Fritz Alejandro Sanchez Ojeda
Rostros de Salasaka - Francisco Xavier Jarrín Salazar


Photo Credit
Kayapó Body Painting by Mário Sérgio Rainha Silva Campos