Brazil’s anti-clichés

Investigation by Anysia Troin-Guis

Summary

Not a week goes by recently without news from Brazil that arouses concern and elicits feelings of consternation and indignation. The country has certainly been through its share of crises in the past, but the rise to power of extreme-right president Jair Bolsonaro in 2018 has made them even more extreme. His election, reflecting a global trend in rising populism, is the culmination of a rebellion against economic inequalities and financial elites, a refusal of the political establishment, and a rejection of the other, be they a minority or from an immigrant background. While Brazilian artists are taking a massive stance against their government and its excesses, the entire sector of contemporary creation is busy deciphering the complex realities of the country today.

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