Aline Motta, "Escravos de Jó", work that illustrates the cover of this edition.

EThis edition is a document of the 100 days we have gone through, so far, following the news of the death of more than 60 thousand Brazilians and more than half a million citizens victims of Covid-19 around the world.

How perplexed society and art managed to face this enormous ordeal? How did art speak? How did you suffer and suffer together?

In the case of Brazil, the denialism of the government and its lack of a clear, homogeneous and energetic public health policy, has turned our day to day into a double pandemonium. It is not enough to fight the virus, it is also necessary to fight against authoritarianism and ignorance.

In the face of the virus, its invisibility had the capacity to make visible the lack of care of years with the most needy populations. Where there is no sanitation, the virus spreads more easily. There were visible, gaping, secular ills.

The violence of racism; the attack on the environment and on indigenous peoples, so important in their maintenance; the lack of health assistance; the place of the woman who, in addition to working, takes care of the family. Politically, it brought to light large sectors of society totally uncommitted to each other, to empathy, to solidarity.

In this sense, new avenues of reflection and denunciation were opened. In this edition, indigenous and black artists, curators and specialists reflect on the various movements that have erupted in these months against the colonial iconoclasm that has always been there. Monuments and sculptures and their historical function are questioned.

At the same time, new articulations of independent groups appeared, seeking to account for the lack of State. The organization of donation systems. The resignification of tasks, the organization of virtual meetings. The communication of cancellations and postponements, seeking to prioritize health against agglomerations. All this required efforts from institutions, companies and professionals who were not technologically prepared.

from left to the right, above, editorial director Patricia Rousseaux and programmer and web editor Coil Lopes; below, graphic designer Enelito Cruz and reporters Miguel Groisman and Marcos Grinspum Ferraz

Most of the articles, essays and reports in this edition manage to take stock of how, in different sectors of the artistic and cultural community, and in various sectors of society as a whole, there is a search for redefining behaviors. Managers of the most important museums talk about their concerns here, gallery owners comment on how much the art market has been hit and reveal new ways to rebuild.

In the words of indigenous leader Ailton Krenak, organizer of the Aliança dos Povos da Floresta, in his latest book Tomorrow is not for sale, “I hope we don't go back to normality, because if we do, it's because the death of thousands of people all over the world was worthless”.

Let's all stay healthy and happy reading.

 

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