The 1960s and 1970s were marked by compelling interactions between Brazilian diplomacy and African countries. While Brazil was under a dictatorial military regime sustained by the business community and supported by members of the elite, many African countries were gaining their independence and positioning themselves as players in international geopolitics. With these new partners, Brazil intended to expand its business and political ties, and the arts was one of those avenues.
Arqueologia da Criação: uma imersão no acervo-ateliê de Rossini Perez (Archeology of Creation: An Immersion into the Studio Collection of Rossini Perez), an exhibition curated by Sabrina Moura, presented virtually by the Lasar Segall Museum until June 2021, has put the entire collection of artist Rossini Perez on display as a work in itself. One of the highlights in its virtual galleries is the artist’s experience as a printmaking professor at the National School of Arts in Dakar, capital of Senegal. Between 1974 and 1975, in addition to teaching, he developed a series of works characterized by visualities that made reference to the region’s clothing and adornments.