Afro-Brazilian art is often overlooked in appraisals of contemporary Brazil. The magazine O Menelick 2° Ato aims to correct this distortion while also highlighting the cultures of Black Africa’s broader Diaspora.
C&: Can you please tell us about the publications O Menelick 2º Ato and A Presença Negra?
Renata Felinto: Our publication’s name is actually different from the famous King Menelik – it is called O Menelick 2º Ato. On our website we explain that this is an independent editorial project to think about and endorse artistic production of the African Diaspora, as well as the urban and vernacular cultural output from the Black West, with special focus on Brazil. We launched the project in 2007 as a blog.
In May 2010 the first printed version was published, after four years of research trying to find the right editorial and graphic blend to investigate the contemporary urban black subject in relation to its ancestral roots – an issue that still informs cultural identity today. The magazine is published on a quarterly basis and distributed free of charge at cultural events, art galleries, stores, public libraries, neighborhoods of social and political conflict in São Paulo.