The goal of this class is to discuss the definitions, uses and interpretations concerning the concept of Afro-Brazilian art, also intitulated as Black art, Afro-descendent, Afro-oriented and Diasporic art. We propose that this discussion is conducted through three main directions that are complementary. The first one intend to introduce the subject in a historical perspective covering the main studies inaugurated by the physician Nina Rodrigues at the beginning of the 20th century to more recent investigations by researchers like Marta Heloísa Leuba Salum, Roberto Conduru and Hélio Santos Menezes Neto among others. The second will highlight exhibitions and museums dedicated to Afro-Brazilian art that developed a central role trying to reframe and broaden the debate around this developing concept. The last core will focus on the analysis of some artists and artworks which are in the center of the contemporary dispute around the Afro-Brazilian art concept.
“Enfia a faca na bananeira”, 2017, oil and silver leaf on canvas, 130 x 296 cm / photo by Paulo Rezende
Juliana Ribeiro da Silva Bevilacqua es investigadora independiente. Se especializa en arte Africano y Afro-brasilero. Sus publicaciones incluyen: Homens de ferro. Os ferreiros na África Central no século XIX (São Paulo: Alameda; Fapesp, 2011) y África em Artes (São Paulo: Museu Afro Brasil, 2015).En 2015 fue editora invitada de Critical Intervention: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture y profesora de la línea de arte no occidental en la Universidad de Campinas.