Adriana Varejao - Polvo
Adriana Varejão’s fascination with miscegenation and skin colour is explored in this previously unpublished work, which takes the form of a double deck of cards. Here she addresses the notion of interracial identity in her native Brazil. While the Brazilian census traditionally divides its population into five groups according to predefined skin tone patterns, in 1976 it posed an open question: “What is your colour?” The result was 136 self-definitions. Some of the terms sound poetic or unusual, more figurative than literal, or belong to a specific cultural context. But the survey and its representation of the diversity of skin tones also seems to uncover Brazil’s latent racism in an unconventional way.
|200 p, ills colour & bw, 11 x 15 cm, box, English|