Rosana Paulino is a university-trained artist from São Paulo. The chapter begins with an examination of some of her installations, prints, and sculptures in which she engages the urban environment with a strong focus on the black female experience. She uses materials and techniques that are associated with popular Brazilian art and creates personal narratives, which link her work to other contemporary national artistic productions. The chapter reveals that Paulino does not identify with the term Afro-Brazilian art, even though she has participated in most of the large-scale exhibitions. Through her artistic explorations of gender-related visual signifiers of blackness, such as hair, the female nude, and the image of the wet nurse, Paulino’s works expose the weight these ubiquitous and seemingly innocuous markers carry when represented to Brazilian society in a different setting.
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