Painting Racism: Protest Art by Contemporary Indigenous Artists

Lucia Sa, Felipe Milanez Pereira

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This chapter examines how two Brazilian Indigenous artists from Amazonia, Denilson Baniwa and Jaider Esbell, use their work to 'portray racism' against indigenous peoples. Although the artists themselves do not use the term racism in their work, it is our contention that their art offers a map of how racism against indigenous populations operates. I order to characterise and define racism against indigenous populations, the chapter makes use of interviews by indigenous intellectuals, artists, and activists that were collected and filmed for the project 'Racism and anti-racism in Brazil: the case of indigenous peoples'. The interviews are cited as scholarly sources, and the interviewees are not characterised as 'informants' but as scholars whose knowledge sets the frame for the article.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving (Il)legalities in Brazil
Subtitle of host publicationPractices, Narratives and Institutions in a Country on the Edge
EditorsSara Brandellero, Derek Pardue, Georg Wink
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780367363932
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • Racism against indigenous peoples
  • Brazil
  • Indigenous contemporary art
  • Illegality
  • Racism and illegality


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  • Existência e diferença: o racismo contra os povos indígenas

    Translated title of the contribution: Existence and difference: racism against indigenous peoplesSa, L., Milanez Pereira, F., Krenak, A., Sotto Maior Cruz, F., Urbano Ramos, E. & dos Santos de Jesus, G., 2 Sept 2019, In: Revista Direito e Praxis. 10, 3, p. 2161-2181 21 p.

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