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Vivian Braga dos Santos

Vivian Braga dos Santos has a PhD in Art History from the University of São Paulo (USP, Brazil) and researcher at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA, Paris). Her work examines the relationship between contemporary art, political conflict, history, and memory. Currently, she is focusing on a project about the tensions between contemporary art and conflicts over racial issues in Brazil.

The Almost-Brazilians

Brazil had already left its days as a colony behind, and was coming into its own as an empire when Francisco Adolfo de Varnhagen sent his “Organic Memorial” (1850) to the Guanabara journal. In this piece, he offered advice for improving the development of the nation. His assertions, acerbic in nature, emphasized the provincial character of Brazil.

Os Quase-Brasileiros:

O Brasil já havia deixado para trás seus dias de colônia e se afinava como Império quando Francisco Adolfo de Varnhagen remeteu seu “Memorial Orgânico” (1950) à revista Guanabara, oferecendo conselhos para melhorar o desenvolvimento da nação.

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The Brooklyn Rail

FEB 2021

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