Leon Ferrari, Madonna + Infierno del Indio Japari, 1993.

On the closing day of this edition, ARTE!Brasileiros and the world were moved by the brutal murder, a clear execution, of Marielle Franco, woman, black, human rights activist, councilor of Rio de Janeiro, representative of more than 56.000 voters, and her driver Anderson Gomes.

In a true act of provocation to the existence of a supposedly free regime, militiamen and those who finance them kill with impunity, trying to silence the voices of those who dare to defend social rights: health, education, culture, choosing how to dress or who to love, be it woman, man, trans or parrot.

With the rise of Trump in the US, the impeachment in Brazil and other movements against democratic life in several countries, “waves of racism, xenophobia and sexism that were latent but not legitimized were deliberately heightened”, says American philosopher and professor Noam Chomsky. , one of the most important contemporary thinkers, in his latest book Requiem for the American Dream, by Bertrand Brasil.

In his opinion, the increasing concentration and economic polarization created by neoliberalism has produced a depreciation of everyday life for most peoples on different continents. A certain depression and a lack of hope of what can be changed.

However, regardless of the need to find the right flags for a concentration of forces that allow profound and structural changes for a more just society, any intervention by artists and cultural agents in the service of reflection on contemporary concerns and suffering is fundamental.

Cover of issue 42 of the Magazine ARTE! Brazilian
León Ferrari, collage from the series 'Homenaje a Madonna', 'Madonna + Infierno Del Indio Japari, 1993. Private collection. Photographic reproduction of the work by ARTE!Brasileiros.

This edition – you have access to all materials in the Page B! – brings countless examples of cultural institutions, modern and contemporary artists and photographers, who focused their research, images, sculptures and projects portraying how, in a history that repeats itself, the power of conservative, economic and political sectors tries to subject citizens and their freedom of expression.

In the cover story, for example,  León Ferrari: for a world without Hell, title of the exhibition that opens in April at Galeria Nara Roesler, curated by Lisette Lanhado, we present the tireless work of a transgressive conceptual artist, who has put his work since the 60s at the service of the discussion of dominant ethical and aesthetic values. He questioned Power, both political and religious, with irony and humor, and he revered women's freedom long before gender discussions came to a head in the 80s.

Watching the beauty of his works or being shocked by them allows us to take a breath and move on.

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  1. Art was the first and is the greatest communication tool created by mankind. It transcends languages ​​and cultures, and can cause tenderness, emotion and, many times, controversy.
    Observing the special era that we are living in, at the beginning of the 250st century as a consequence of previously planted foundations, is a good start to find solutions. Looking at the previous century, with examples of what worked and what didn't, especially with regard to the public administration model we have, viscerally connected to the economy with almost 35 state-owned companies, an inefficient judiciary, a parliament fragmented into XNUMX parties, forming a block, called “center” that generates instability in the executive, are points that led us to this negative spiral.
    Another point that we cannot fail to consider is the free flow of unfiltered information over the internet. In a country with over 100 million people connected, at a time of economic and political crisis, the emergence of intolerance manifestations is mathematical.
    Capitalism, especially industrial capitalism, as a form of wealth production, is an example of a solution. It was through the industrial revolutions that the currently prosperous countries ended hunger and poverty.
    Gentlemen, we need to rethink what the solution is to have what we want: freedom to decide what we are as individuals and that does not affect the collective, such as our religious, philosophical/artistic and gender positions.

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