Art, Brazil, South America

Brasil ~ 1860; 1870

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I’ve posted about this awesome project before (on the day of Indigenous People), but will bring it again for another important memory-related reason.

May 13th is the official date for the end of Slavery in Brazil, because Princess Isabel was in control of the country and signed the law Áurea, which put an end to that terrible practice. That means we were the last of American countries to finish it and that for about 350 years, african people were brought to our lands against their will. The signature, though, did not provide means of better life conditions to this people, and until today racism is something very discussed here. So the other day, at work, somebody called from the Martinique island in the Caribean, asking when slavery was history in Brazil, and I could not limit my answer to a few date numbers…

In that first picture, a white woman is posing while her two slaves wait; in the second one, a slave woman in a studio, and I wonder how did this photo was taken. Both were in Salvador, northeast of Brazil.

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Já postei sobre esse super projeto antes (no Dia do Índio), mas vou trazê-lo de novo por um outro motivo importante relacionado a Memória.

13 de maio é a data oficial da abolição da escravatura no Brasil, pois foi quando a Princesa Isabel estava no comando do país e assinou a Lei Áurea, que punha um fim nessa prática horrorosa. Isso quer dizer que fomos o último dos países americanos a acabar com ela, e que por cerca de 350 anos, pessoas africanas foram trazidas para nossas terras contra suas vontades. A assinatura, no entanto, não promoveu meios de melhores condições de vida para essa gente, e até hoje o racismo é algo muito discutido por aqui. Aí outro dia, no trabalho, ligou uma pessoa da ilha de Martinica, no Caribe, me perguntando quando a escravidão virou história no Brasil. E eu não consegui limitar minha resposta a apenas alguns números de data…

End of Slavery / Abolição da Escravatura no projeto Brasiliana

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