Brazil’s national identity is based on a mix of ethnicities, which makes Brazilians hard to recognise on the basis of just their appearance. Although Brazilian culture is also a mix, the resulting images and sounds are often unmistakably Brazilian. Clichéd examples include Rio de Janeiro’s carnival and Bossa Nova. Colonial history (Western perspectives and conceptualisation) is one of the ingredients in this mix. How did these typically Western ideas and concepts end up in Brazil, why were they retained and what did the Brazilians subsequently do with them? And what can we, Westerners, do with this?
Visual artist Joris Lindhout and curator Maaike Gouwenberg are attempting to find answers to these questions in Brazilian cinema, literature, theatre, art and other cultural expressions and they will share their findings so far in this No More Westerns program.
Theater kikker, 25 october