NMAN: #Education is a system of imposed ignorance. Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance & conscientious stupidity. The way of the world isn’t the strong devouring the weak, but the weak deceiving & poisoning and whispering in the ears of the strong until they become weak, too.
Don’t be patient. Don’t ever be. This is the way a new world begins. There is nothing foolish about hope. — N.K. Jemisin, Martin Luther King Jr., Aldous Huxley & Noam Chomsky
Artist: #TainaLima [#Criola (Brasil)]
BBT: The #artivist #Criola uses cans of paint to empower #blackwomen in the streets of #BeloHorizonte.
The mainstream media and so many areas of the #society prefer to portray the nation as #European, which is completely in line with #elites’ stated goals at the end of 19th century. But through genres such as #theater, #literature, #fashion & even #advertising, #Brazilians of #African descent continue to scream, battle & push to show the world that they exist & something to say.
“The figure of the #blackwoman is strong in my work because it is the #fruit of what I experience. Since early on they made us believe that our #hair is feio (ugly), that it’s duro (hard) & difficult to care for. What did we do then? We hid it to be accepted.”
“If before they enslaved black physically today we have a #mentalenslavement, through the imposition of an #aesthetic that does not match 99% of #Brazilians.”
About her inspirations, she cites the #Brazilianflora (#plants/#vegetation) & the #culturaldiversity that exists in Brazil. The #Indian, the black, the prayers & #urbanlegends. All this serves as food so that Tainá creates her #drawings, full of color & strong references, which certainly didn’t go unnoticed by whoever crosses the gray city.
Will this help to change people’s thinking? The #grafiteira has no doubts. For her, “the scenario is changing. Black women are loving themselves more, are more conscious of their origin and of their power and role as #protagonists of their own #history.”— Black Brazil Today
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