new york, New York
November 29, 2000
The post-slavery tension between Brazilians of different races formed another major part of the exhibit. Several cases contained items related to the perjorative commerical images of Afro-Brazilians, including household and novelty products intended to portray black in Brazil as naive/overtly sexual/mystical/dangerous people.
The exhibit also included representative work by Brazil's major artists of African descent, as well as photographs depicting Afro-Brazilian life. The collection of late nineteenth century photos was marvelously comprehensive--I've never seen anything even close in the US.
Other interesting aspects of the exhibition included displays examining the practices and history of Afro-Brazilian religions.
Through this extensive production I felt I was able to scratch the surface of the rich heritage and influence of Afro-Brazilians, something crucial to any attempt to understand Rio's unique culture.
From journal Rio: Brazil's Cultural Paradise