Secret Sarayaku artwork tour with Brendan McCleary

Secret Sarayaku by Misha Vallejo Prut

Secret Sarayaku is the story of an indigenous people becoming cyber-activists in the fight to protect their jungle home.

The Kichwa people of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest believe in the spiritual interconnectedness of their ecosystem—and that protecting their home is fundamental not only to their own survival, but to that of humanity.

Responding to the threats of climate change, the Sarayaku use social media to communicate with the world about the threat to their way of life. By sharing their life in the jungle, they hope to inspire people around the globe to implement different strategies in the fight against climate change—but this method also invites an ever-greater Western presence in their everyday lives.

Misha Vallejo Prut spent six years documenting the people and communities of the Sarayaku for this project, inviting you to experience the merging of Western contemporary thought with the ancestral knowledge of this indigenous community.

Join Photo 2022 Associate Curator Brendan McCleary for a tour of this artwork on Thursday 5 May, 12 pm – 1 pm.

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Curated by Photo Australia. Supported by the City of Stonnington.

Secret Sarayaku is an official exhibition of PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography (, a major biennial of new photography and ideas taking place from 29 April to 22 May in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Responding to the theme ‘Being Human’, PHOTO 2022 explores the role photography plays in understanding the contemporary human condition. PHOTO 2022 is produced by Photo Australia in collaboration with cultural institutions, museums and galleries, and education, industry and government partners.


  • Thursday, 05 May 2022 | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM


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