Afro-Brazilian Art and Politics

OCT 16, 2020 | 12:00 PM TO 2:00 PM

Tiago Sant’Ana, Refino #2, 2017. Vídeo, 7’1’’.



The Graduate Center
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October 16, 2020: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM




The Center for the Humanities



In the past thirty years, the field of Afro-Brazilian art of the twentieth century has grown significantly. However, much of the literature has focused on form and elided the political contexts that motivated the creation of artworks depicting Afro-Brazilian people and culture. Exploring the relationship between black artists, their work, and the country’s diverse political environments since 1945, this panel highlights recent studies of Afro-Brazilian art, focusing on African liberation; the consequences of slavery and racism; exchange with the African continent; memory and the transatlantic slave trade; resistance and activism; the construction of the field through shifting economic markets; and recent exhibitions of Afro-Brazilian art.

Join panelists Kleber Amancio (Ph.D., Professor, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia), Fran Dossin (Ph.D., Independent Scholar), Vivian Braga (Ph.D., Institut national d'histoire de l'art), Hélio Menezes, (Ph.D. Candidate, Universidade de São Paulo) for presentations and a discussion on Afro-Brazilian art and politics, moderated by Abigail Lapin Dardashti (Ph.D. Candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY).

Click here to register for this event and for the link to the Zoom event. Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC), the Doctoral Students' Council at The Graduate Center, CUNY.