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Brazil is a country afraid of Edgar

If we think of United States narratives of alien invasions, we could — with some imaginative effort — easily align a white and western dystopia with various fragments of the African diaspora. From violent domination, imposed languages and other elements involved in the colonising process. If the central dystopia in the imaginary of a country…

In conversation with Afro-Brazilian artist Janice Mascarenhas: sculpting healing and Black hair as a cosmic medium

There are many ways to think about the body. When poet, artist and curator Anaïs Duplan speaks of ‘cosmic bodies’ he is advancing a unique turn. This cosmic corporality provides insight into how we might approach the body as an architecture….The body is an idea that is cosmic, which is to say, ‘inconceivably vast.’ Body: it is a…

Miss a million | TikTok’s new age of influencers

In 2012 short-form video sharing platform Vine was founded in the now social media golden age. Vine was a platform that allowed users to create 6-second videos and created many online personalities such as David Dobrik, Shawn Mendes and Liza Koshy. The platform at the time, was ushering in a new era of social media…

To Brazilian singer Mel, with Love

Sunday March 4, 2012. During the now extinct program Esquenta—which ran on the Brazilian Broadcast TV channel Rede Globo—presenter Regina Casé talks about tecnobrega. A Brazilian rhythm born in the northeastern region, more specifically in Belém do Pará and spread becoming popular throughout the country. Musical group Banda UÓ, which was famous at the time…

Uninhibited low-fi vulnerability with PURE

[I asked her] what does it feel like to be a hurricane? To be movement To be wave To be woman made word A swirling mess of sound with [screaming at the] centre The silence of every word said against [her] swirling in the eye of [her] perfect storm. — Maneo Mohale, Hurricane The perfect…