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What’s in a Landscape?: Indigenous Art and the Coevalness of Colonial Expansion
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism.
2018 (English)In: PARSE Journal, ISSN 1611-1052, E-ISSN 2002-0953, no 8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Taking as a point of departure the ambiguity of notions of center and periphery, this article discusses the place of the landscape in contemporary Amazonian indigenous art. Jaider Esbell’s gallery in Boa Vista, Brazilian state of Roraima, has since its opening in 2013 become a hub in a growing movement of indigenous art in Brazil. In a context where a mythology of racial miscegenation has symbolically placed indigenous people at the very heart of national formation, but where indigenous people became full citizens only in 1988, indigenous artists break through an imposed invisibility traditionally relegating them to a past doomed to disappear with the coming of modernity. Discussing the work of three artists – Carmézia Emiliano, Jaider Esbell and Amazoner Okaba – I argue that the coevalness of territorial colonial expansion in Brazil brings a special meaning to the ways in which indigenous art work with and through the landscape. Where there is no “post-“ to colonialism, and where colonial territorial expansion is a dynamic shaping the present, representations of the landscape cannot escape its disputed character. Art, in this context, becomes a site of both healing and resistance, taking the form of a claim: “we are still here, and we are still indigenous”.

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Göteborg, 2018. no 8
Keywords [en]
Indigenous art, colonialism, decoloniality
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Visual Arts
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History of Sciences and Ideas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-377452OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-377452DiVA, id: diva2:1290264
Available from: 2019-02-20 Created: 2019-02-20 Last updated: 2019-07-17Bibliographically approved

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