“The Shuar people have lived in the Amazon forest since time immemorial. They see the world as full of spirits, archetypes of human nature and its different states: on the one hand there is Nantar – the sublime, the ether of the ancients, accessible through contemplation; and on the other, Arutam – a warrior world of action and inner thunder. Through his personal relationship with Nantar and Arutam, each Shuar achieves a deep understanding of his relationship with nature.
By observing the Shuar communing with nature, I have tried to intimate a feeling of fulfilment. We all aspire to harmony between action and contemplation, between the conscious and the unconscious. This quest is a difficult one, but it’s worth it.” Karen Miranda Rivadeneira
Of Ecuadorian extraction, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira was born in New York, United States, in 1983. After studying philosophy and theology, she enrolled at the School of Visual Arts in New York, then followed up at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark. She now lives and works in New York and was one of the six contributors to the recent ‘Staging the Self’ exhibition of Latino art at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.