Where the Leaves Fall #12

Where the Leaves Fall is born out of and informed by a series of conversations held at and with OmVed Gardens, in London, UK. Until recently a wounded and tarmacked wasteland, OmVed has been transformed into a diverse eco habitat with a wild flower meadow, an orchard and a vegetable garden.

Through collaboration with artists, architects, chefs, musicians and horticulturalists, it is exploring the nature of the relationship between people and our connection to the environment. It facilitates exhibitions, workshops, concerts, dinners and discussions, creating collaborations around the topics of food, creativity and ecological transformation.

Issue #12

The themes for this special issue are cosmology, Indigenous art and resistance

In this very special edition of Where the Leaves Fall we invited Indigenous activist Txai Suruí, of the Paiter Suruí people, to guest edit the entirety of issue #12 - for which she chose the themes of: Cosmology / Indigenous Art / Resistance.

In our first theme of this issue, Hanna Limulja reflects on the tree of dreams and the significance of dreaming for Yanomami people; Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawa speaks to us about the xapiri spirits, the healthy forest, the earth eaters and the future we need to avoid; and in a rare interview with ex-shaman Perpera Suruí, he reveals how colonisation triggered a loss of spirituality and affected the whole worldview of the Paiter Suruí – their connection with the spirits of the forest and with the forest itself.

In our second theme, we feature Abel Rodríguez / Mogaje Guihu, a sage of the Nonuya people who started documenting his knowledge through drawings, seeking to transmit his cosmovision - not only about the forest, but also about the human condition; Indigenous artist Seba Calfuqueo, whose work explores ancestry, identity and how binaries introduced through colonisation are still limiting the human and non-human world; and Uýra Sodoma, a manifestation of the biologist, ecologist, visual artist and educator Emerson Pontes, tells stories to and for their community via the emotion of the imagination, made possible through art.

In our final theme, Activist Samela Sateré Mawé shows how Indigenous youth are taking control of their own narrative; Edgar Kanaykõ Xakriabá’s photography explores the Indigenous gaze as an instrument of struggle and resistance; Fabrícia Sabanê discusses how the organisation AGIR works alongside Indigenous women to help them organise, protect their territories and cultures and fight for political action; and how activists are fighting back in the Xingu Indigenous Territory against deforestation and destruction.

The magazine also includes poetry and artworks from Yacunã Tuxá and collages from Mavi Morais.