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Black Art in BrazilExpressions of Identity$
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Kimberly L. Cleveland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044767

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044767.001.0001

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Eustáquio Neves

Eustáquio Neves

(p.89) FOUR Eustáquio Neves
Black Art in Brazil

Kimberly L. Cleveland

University Press of Florida

Eustáquio Neves is a self-taught photographer who lives in the interior state of Minas Gerais. Through an examination of several of his photographic series, this chapter discusses how Neves provides rare insight into regional and personal interpretations of the resonances of slavery. He applies his knowledge of chemistry in chemical and physical interferences in the developing process to create visually complex images. Also, he often draws subjects from the African-descendent populations of his home region. Strongly focused on his own identity as a black Brazilian and artist, the chapter exposes Neves’ resistance to the Afro-Brazilian art label, despite his subject matter. The chapter concludes with a look at how Neves confronts contemporary race-related social challenges by reaching for subjects outside the religious realm. His work reveals how the signifiers of blackness are changing with contemporary production.

Keywords:   chemistry, contemporary art, identity, Minas Gerais, Neves, photography, religion, series, slavery

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