Opening of the Amazônia International Photography Exhibition at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester

A critically acclaimed photography exhibition is coming to Manchester as part of its international tour next month.

In what is the first UK exhibition of this scale outside London in more than 20 years by world-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, from May 13 the Science and Industry Museum will host Amazon – a large photographic exhibition that celebrates indigenous peoples and the breathtaking landscapes of the Brazilian rainforest.

Free tickets are available now for the Amazon 12 week race.

Salgado has worked in the Amazon for seven years with 12 different indigenous communities, and the result is an incredible collection of powerful photographs that showcase his vision of a forest approaching a crucial tipping point in the fight against climate change, according to the museum.

There will be over 200 black and white images and interviews with Indigenous leaders as part of the exhibit.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an immersive soundtrack specially commissioned from renowned French composer Jean-Michel Jarre to bring the sounds of the rainforest to life – including the rustling of trees, the cries of animals, the chirping of birds and the roar water falling from the mountain. peaks.

The exhibition was curated and designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado to convey “a small part of the magic of the Amazon region” and its indigenous peoples in an intimate experience.

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Amazon offers the chance to see this unique environment through the lens of one of the most renowned photographers working today, and has previously been described by the Daily Telegraph as “an awe-inspiring celebration of life on Earth”.

Speaking about the exhibition ahead of its arrival in Manchester city center next month, Sebastião Salgado said: “As a Brazilian, the Amazon with its incredible colours, rich textures and awe-inspiring views has always occupied a special place in my heart, and more In my seven years of traveling the region, I have witnessed the damage that overconsumption has had on its landscapes and its people.

“I hope that visitors to Amazon will feel inspired by its beauty but will also understand the urgent need to act to prevent the loss of this unique biodiversity.

Sally MacDonald – Director of the Museum of Science and Industry – added: “We are delighted to welcome Amazon at the Museum of Science and Industry, and to present the work of Sebastião Salgado for the first time in Manchester as Amazon is a beautiful and evocative exhibition and the Special Exhibitions Gallery is the perfect setting.

“Visitors cannot fail to be moved and inspired – this is a call to action for all of us.”

Amazon will open its doors at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester on May 13, 2022 / Credit: Science and Industry Museum

AmazonThe arrival in Manchester is part of an international tour of exhibitions which started at the Philharmonie de Paris and includes the MAXXI in Rome, the SESC in Sao Paulo and the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro.

Tickets for Amazon are available now and can be booked in advance on the Museum of Science and Industry website here, or by calling 033 0058 0058.

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Tracey L. Sweeney