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Target audience: artists, designers, communicators, teachers; curators, cultural producers, “afro” entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders

African civilizations in North Africa - Maghreb -; West Africa - Coast -; and, from East Africa, they contributed with wide and diverse repertoires that became part of our identities and our cultural heritage. For this reason, the Brazilian imagination is full of references, and material collections, that mark our multiculturalism, and this is due to the diversity of peoples and civilizations that are part of our formation.

Many of the manifestations that we experience and value, in everyday life and at parties, bring a great diversity of materials, shapes, colors, uses, technologies, meanings and symbolic functions, which reveal an aesthetics of an African matrix that, most of the time, it is always accompanied by the sacred.

Thus, the aesthetics of the sacred can be understood in different ways within the culture, such as, for example, in the interpretation of nature through symbolic representations.

Still, in these historical contexts, of civilizations and cultures, we highlight the crafts that are dedicated to objects, musical instruments, dances; and to the artistic representations that are applied to the body: clothing, jewelry, among others.

The feeling attributed to what is considered to be sacred, in many artistic languages, show different concepts of beauty that reflect the relationship between man and nature.

For all these reasons, the course - “The Aesthetics of the Sacred: the ethnoart of African origin” - wants to show, analyze and point out, this wide production of art / handicrafts with a multi-ethnic base that makes Brazil unique; and, thus, instrumentalize people to understand this rich material culture.

Thus, repertoires that form material heritage will be shown: masks, sculptures, musical instruments; body adornments, utensils, painting; among other manifestations that come from the main peoples that make up our afro-brasilidade.

All in the format of case studies with representations of ethnic arts, materials, technologies, and the different social and sacred uses of objects.


To show the diversity of the artistic manifestations that are part of the multiafrican material production in Brazil, and how its consumption is wide, and is integrated with the national life;

Identify the ancestral expressions of art recognized as “afro”;

Analyze the many visual representations that are part of the rich heritage of African matrices to support different professionals in the visual arts.


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