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By Christen A Smith

Tourists exult in Bahia, Brazil as a tropical paradise infused with the black population's exceptional power. however the desirable photographs of smiling black faces and dancing black our bodies mask an unsightly fact of anti-black authoritarian violence. Christen A. Smith argues that the dialectic of glorified representations of black our bodies and next country repression reinforces Brazil's racially hierarchal society. reading the violence as either institutional and performative, Smith follows a grassroots circulate and social protest theater troupe of their campaigns opposed to racial violence. As Smith unearths, economies of black discomfort and ache shape the backdrop for the staged, scripted, and choreographed afro-paradise that dazzles viewers. The paintings of grassroots organizers exposes this courting, exploding illusions and asking unwelcome questions on the influence of nation violence played opposed to the still-marginalized mass of Afro-Brazilians.

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