Brazil

Post image for Considering Brazil’s Racial Heritage

The 18th-century Brazilian sculptor Aleijadinho was the mixed-race son of a black slave and one of his country’s most legendary artists. In the gold-rich state of Minas Gerais, where millions lost their lives in the mines, tourists still pay to visit the immaculate baroque churches he embellished.

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Post image for Turning Brazil’s Political Waste into Furniture

Late last month, Dilma Rousseff was re-elected president of Brazil, bringing one of the country’s most bitter elections to a close. Though the campaign season has ended, tons — as in literal tons — of illegal signage remain on the streets.

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Caio Reisewitz,

This summer the International Center of Photography is offering its public two shows of Latin American photography. On the first floor of the museum, curator Christopher Phillips presents the first major solo show of Brazilian photographer Caio Reisewitz in the US.

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Post image for Getting Up Close and Personal with the Brazilian Protests

For the past year, a photography collective in São Paulo, Brazil, has been creating short, troubling, and cinematic videos of the public protests that first swept the country in 2013.

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Post image for As World Cup Takes Spotlight, Brazilian Police Attack Artists and Activists [UPDATED]

Yesterday, the soccer team of World Cup host Brazil played, and tied with, Mexico. But on the same day that Brazilian players were proudly representing their country on the field in the northern city of Fortaleza, some 450 miles south, military police attacked nonviolent protestors in Recife, the country’s fifth-largest city.

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Post image for From Dalí to Leonardo on the Backs of Playing Cards

When Brazilian artist Sōnia Menna Barreto was a teenager in São Paulo, her mother used to stay up all night long playing cards with her friends. That memory sunk into Barreto’s consciousness, surfacing in a surreal series of trompe l’oeil paintings the artist has been creating over the last few years.

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Post image for Ahead of World Cup, Brazilian Art Flourishes in NYC

There may never have been a better month to see Brazilian art in New York. Last weekend, Frieze brought a taste of São Paulo art galleries Casa Triângulo, Fortes Vilaça, Mendes Wood, Vermelho, and Jaqueline Martins, as well as Rio de Janeiro’s A Gentil Carioca, to Manhattan.

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Post image for The Politics of Rio Graffiti and Unrest Over the World Cup

Since graffiti became officially legal in February (just months after Justin Bieber visited Brazil and got in trouble for spray-painting on a wall there), artists have been uninhibitedly plastering the city with images expressing their concerns about the FIFA World Cup.

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Post image for Brazilian Illustrator Becomes First Latin American to Win Hans Christian Andersen Award

Little in childhood is more magical than reading a beautifully illustrated book.

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Post image for Vale Cultura and the “Food for the Soul” Experiment in Brazil

A little over a decade ago, President Lula de Silva announced his vision that every Brazilian would eat three meals a day. He worked to achieve that dream through the Bolsa Familia program, which economists say has lifted 22 million people out of extreme poverty. Last month, Lula’s successor President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated another innovative program called Vale Cultura.

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