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#PoTW Labour of freedom – the photography of Lita Cerqueira, in celebration of 130 years of the abolition of slavery in Brazil

Brazil abolition of slavery exhibition

When: 1–20 May 2018, 5pm
Who: Institute of Latin American Studies and Brazilarity
Where: Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This photographic exhibition is presented by Braziliarty and the Institute of Latin American Studies. It celebrates the 130th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Brazil which was the last American nation to do so.

By the time the trade was abolished in 1888, 55 years after the UK, an estimated four million slaves had been imported from Africa to Brazil. This accounted for 40 per cent of the total number brought to the Americas.

A panel discussion with Sabrina Gledhill, advisor on Brazilian culture and affairs, Katucha Rodrigues Bento, a research student at the University of Leeds, and Irineu Nogueira, an ambassador of the Afro-Brazilian culture in London, precedes the opening of the exhibition. Divided into three parts, the exhibition’s objective is to keep the discussion of racism alive and celebrate the beauty and joy of the Afro-Brazilian community.

In a country where racism is still a social and economic issue, the images taken between 1976 and 2010 by a black woman photographer, Lita Cerqueira, show the expressions of freedom of Brazilian women in their everyday environments. Meanwhile, Capoeira, a fundamental form of Afro-Brazilian historical cultural expression, is demonstrated with images taken in the urban space of Salvador, capital of Bahia.

The exhibition, curated by Alicia Bastos, runs until 20 May coinciding with Photo London.

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