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Brazil: Love It or Leave It
My project uses patterns from different racial and ethnic groups within Brazil, chita fabric and azulejos tiles from Portugal, West African Waxprint and lace from Africa, and Kayapo tattoo design, Guarani and Huni Kuin textiles, and Marajoara ceramic patterns from Brazil’s indigenous peoples. I wanted to portray Brazhil as a literal patchwork of different cultures, using these works to represent the wide range of environments in Brazil. Using these patterns to create land and cityscapes highlights the piece to reflect how all Brazilians, although very different, have a shared national identity. The use of pattern in portraying land and cityscapes also underscores the connection between culture and land; culture draws from environment, and who lives where is deeply political. Each of the sides of the accordion shows a different overarching political and cultural divide: one the divide between the white majority South and black majority North, and the other the phenomenon of coastal development which pushes indigenous populations inward.
The text I chose to include are the title of the work: “Brazil: ame-o ou deixe-o,” and a quote from Jair Bolsonaro. The title comes from a slogan used by the military regime from 1964 to 1985, which Bolsonaro appealed to many times during his campaign and now during his presidency. The title initially sounds ambiguous, it can be positive or negative, but combined with the quote on the final page, it highlights the relationship between the past and present right-wing governments, and the risk they pose to ecological and cultural diversity.
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Brooks, Pilar, "Brasil: ame-o ou deixe-o" (2019). 14th Annual Student Book Arts Competition. 18.