Claudia Andujar

Birth placeSwitzerland Birth date1931

She has lived and worked in Brazil since 1954. Andujar grew up in Romania and Hungary. She and her mother escaped World War II by seeking exile in Austria, while her father was deported to Dachau concentration camp where he would die along with most of the artist’s family. Andujar immigrated to the United States where she studied the humanities at Hunter College in New York. In 1954, she moved to Brazil where she began working as a photojournalist, documenting the lifestyle of the Carajá Indians. She began her work with the Yanomami people in the seventies, depicting the devastation caused by deforestation and mining while working with the community on an array of initiatives.A celebration of the Yanomami’s rich culture, Andujar’s photography provides a vision of the complexities of their world.

Andujar has contributed to a great many publications, documentary projects, and exhibitions on the Amazon and its indigenous peoples. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at the Fondation Cartier (Paris), the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (Salvador), the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the Instituto Tomie Ohtake (San Pablo), the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Brasilia), the 12th Istanbul Biennial, the Maison Européene de la Photographie (Paris), and many other institutions and events. Her photographs have been published in LifeLookFortuneApertureRealiddeSetenta, and other magazines, and form part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the George Eastman House in Rochester, the Amsterdam Art Museum, and other major museums the world over. 

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