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Afro-Atlantic Histories

Exhibition organized both by Instituto Tomie Ohtake and Museu de Arte de São Paulo, 2018

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Afro-Atlantic Histories

For this edition of the Sur Journal, the curators Lilia Schwarcz and Helio Menezes selected 16 works from the exhibition Afro-Atlantic Histories, held jointly by the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) and the Tomie Ohtake Institute. The exhibition, which was open until October 2018 in São Paulo (Brazil), brought together a selection of 450 works by 214 artists, from the 16th to the 21st century. It centered on the flows between different parts of the Black Atlantic, between Africa, the Americas, Caribbean, and also Europe. In December 2018, the New York Times selected Afro-Atlantic Histories as the best exhibition of 2018.

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LILIA SCHWARCZ holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of São Paulo (USP) and a professor at the same institution, as well as a global scholar at Princeton University. She is the author, among others, of “The spectacle of the races”, “The barbas of the emperor”, “Brazil: a biography”, “Lima Barreto, sad visionary”. She was curator of a series of exhibitions, among which: “A look at Brazil”, “Mestizo Stories”, and “Afro-Atlantic histories”.

 

HELIO MENEZES He holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of São Paulo (USP), where he is a researcher at the Center for the Study of Social Markers of Difference (NUMAS) and the Ethno-History nucleus. Currently, he works as an independent curator and has developed reflections on Afro-Brazilian art, racial relations, black youth, anthropology of image, museums, art and activism. He is also one of the curators of the exhibition Afro-Atlantic histories (MASP and Instituto Tomie Othake, 2018).