Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin: Aru Kuxipa
Sternberg Press, 2017


"I will talk a bit here about stories. This is a new story; it is called Aru Kuxipa. It is new, but it is old. Aru Kuxipa to me means our people, the old ones, living together with nature, in balance with our tradition. Aru means secret, sacred. Kuxipa means like a god." – Txana Bane
Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin: Aru Kuxipa, an exhibition held at TBA21–Augarten is a vibrant demonstration of the knowledges and voices emerging from the ancestral futures. This term unpacks the potential of creating futures that are deeply rooted in cultures of tradition, by activating processes of exchange and transformation to productively engage with contemporaneity.

The publication outlines the dynamic processes of learning from both tradition and innovation, and the way the unique sensitivities and kinships produced within indigenous cosmovision are an invaluable inspiration for our present moment.  Resulting from the multiple exchanges and encounter with members of thirty-two Jordão Huni Kuin communities, Aru Kuxipa brings together various threads from anthropology, art, and science, interwoven, like the movement of a serpent, with the voices of the Huni Kuin people and the plants of forest itself through essay contributions, oral histories, myths, drawings, and traditional songs. 

Copublished with Sternberg Press, Berlin on the occasion of the exhibition Aru Kuxipa, June 25–November 29, 2015, at TBA21–Augarten, Vienna. 
Book orders
Sternberg Press, Berlin
English, 208 pages
Softcover, Japanese binding
ISBN 978-3-95679-185
EUR 37
Edited by
Daniela Zyman, Eva Ebersberger, 
Franziska Sophie Wildförster 
Contributions by
Mila Cataldo, Damian Christinger, James Clifford, Anna Dantes, Fabiano Txana Bane Sales Huni Kuin Kaxinawa, Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, Marcelo Piedrafita Iglesias, José Yubē de Lima Kaxinawa, Leopardo Yawa Bane Sales Huni Kuin Kaxinawa, Manoel Dua Busē Vandique Kaxinawa, Ricardo Moebus, Jeremy Narby, Ernesto Neto, Osvaldo Isaka Manduca Mateus Kaxinawa, Tiago Paulino Sales Txana Xiná Bena, Virgulino Ixã Rodrigues Sales Kaxinawa, Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Franziska Sophie Wildförster, and Daniela Zyman
Design by
John McCusker and Hendrike Nagel