Art and Information: Political Encounters in Brazil, 1968-1978


ACLS Fellowship Program


Art and Art History

Named Award

ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies Fellow named award


This study traces the encounter of art and information in the politicized art practices that emerged in Brazil during the most violent decade of its twenty-one-year dictatorship (1964-1985). It examines how visual artists adapted to censorship is an important facet of understanding civilian resistance to authoritarian regimes, as much a pressing concern of society during the 1970s as in the present. By focusing on systems and information theory, this approach investigates artistic production as belonging to a more comprehensive network of social spheres, including the specific circumstances surrounding censorship, the local conditions of art production, and the influence of international discourses as they were modified for the particularities of the Brazilian national context.