0132 Antropofagia: An Early Arrière-Garde Manifestation in 1920s Brazil

  • Kalinca Costa Söderlund (Author)
    School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex

    Kalinca Costa Söderlund is PhD candidate at the University of Essex sponsored by the AHRC. Her research focusses on art migration, production and promotion in Brazil in the periods that surround the 1922 Modern Art Week and the early São Paulo Biennials, proposing a revision of the concept of Antropofagia and its legacy. She presented papers at the LASA 2015 International Congress in Puerto Rico, ESAP in Portugal, LAIS and Södertörn University in Sweden, and at the Beijing University in China. Her article on Brazilian artist Laura Lima was published by Routledge in 2015. In 2012, she developed "Pocket Cinema" for Bonniers Konsthall, which was organised in conjunction with the exhibition “A trip to the Moon”.

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By re-evaluating the anthropophagic understanding of the cannibal's alterity, this paper proposes Antropofagia as driven by a collaborative cosmopolitanism. It shows how Antropofagia antagonised the status quo of the Brazilian academies, broaching its commitment to national issues on the ethno-racial structure and the cultural identity of a young Republic. Antropofagia anticipates Frampton's ideas on Western post-modern stances, undermining the Eurocentric narrative on the succession of, and difference between, modernism and post-modernism. As a sophisticated Arrière-Garde that not only tackled universal civilisation from without, but also from within, Antropofagia emancipated Brazilian cultural production in relation to that of the centre for it problematized, within a post-colonial reality, cultural and political burdens as heavy as those inherent to the local-global relation.


Antropofagia, Brazilian Modernism, Coloniality, Critical Regionalism, Arrière-Garde