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Tiago Sant’Ana, Apagamento #1 (Erasure #1), 2017, video still.


Graphic battles—art as quilombo

Roberto Conduru (Southern Methodist University), Florence Gould Foundation Fellow

This lecture focuses on quilombos (maroon settlements) in Brazil as more temporary or permanent marginal territories opposed to the Portuguese colonial rule. It will confront maps of quilombos from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with recent works in varied media by Afro-Brazilian artists, including Jaime Lauriano, Wagner Leite Viana, Goya Lopes, and Tiago Sant’Ana, in which they take quilombos as references for their artistic activism. 

Lecture video will remain available until December 31, 2021.

Roberto Conduru is the Endowed Distinguished Professor of Art History at Southern Methodist University. He has also served as president of the Brazilian Committee of Art History (2007–2010). Conduru’s published works include Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis (Fowler Museum UCLA, 2017); Architecture Agouda au Bénin et au Togo (MRE, 2016); Pérolas Negras - Primeiros Fios (EdUERJ, 2013); Arte Afro-Brasileira (C/Arte, 2007); and the monographs Frida Baranek (Barléu, 2014), Paulo Pasta (Barléu, 2013), Jorge Guinle (Barléu, 2009), and Willys Castro (CosacNaify, 2005). At the Clark, he will be writing a book that addresses contemporary artworks that reflect on the body and material artifacts in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, in the practices and cultures of slavery in Brazil, and in the processes of resistance and emancipation by Africans and their African-Brazilian descendants.

This program has been made possible in part by a grant from Mass Humanities, which provided funding through the National Endowment for the Humanities though the American Rescue Plan. 

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed does not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.