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Review Pouvoirs dans la Caraïbe

Year: 2013 vol. 29 n. 1

Posso, Karl. An Ethics of Displaying Affection: Hélio Oiticica's Expressions of Joy and Togetherness.  / Una ética para mostrar afección: Expresiones de Hélio Oiticica de alegría y sentimiento de solidaridad p. 44-77 Brasil
Siglo XX


Experimental artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-80), whose neo-avantgarde or ‘conceptual’ work became increasingly engaged with popular culture, is often cited as a key influence on the aesthetics of Tropicália, the Brazilian countercultural movement of the late 1960s. Focusing on his Parangolé series and Quasi-cinema slide sequences, this paper aims to show how Oiticica's aesthetic practices from the mid 1960s to mid 1970s make sensation or affective quality the domain of politics and ethics. It argues that by engaging with ideals, but suspending coherent representation, Oiticica interrupts audiences' action-reaction circuits as a means of hindering habits of judgement and producing what might be termed ‘ethical intensity’.

Frangella, Simone. Afro-Brazilian Culture in London: Images and Discourses in Transnational Movements.  / Cultura afro-brasileña en Londres: imágenes y discursos en los movimientos transnacionales p. 78-93 Brasil
Afrobrasileños en Londres


In the context of the production and dissemination of Brazilian culture in London over the last decade, Afro-Brazilian references inform many cultural events, being articulated in the transnational dynamics involved both in the consumption of cultural goods exported from Brazil to the UK and in the diverse cultural experiences brought about by migration movements. The aim of this article, the result of ethnographic research conducted in London, is to show how this creates a complex web from which emerges a plurality of images and practices relating to the Afro-Brazilian experience. Whether that is swallowed by a national narrative of Brazilianness or counterposed to new racial encounters and cultural transpositions, such analysis can contribute to the debate on Brazilian racial representation and its unfolding in the context of globalization.

Portuguese Studies
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