São Paulo, Brazil
Book launch for Allan da Rosa's Reza da Mãe, with musical presentation by Coentro Rosa. Photo: Daisy Serena
Like an urban ‘quilombo’ in the center of São Paulo, Aparelha Luzia mixes popular and scholarly elements in events that empower black aesthetics and knowledge. There are book launches, such as the first reading of The Thing Around Your Neck by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, debates, shows, performances and discussion groups that mix art with politics, healthcare, the economy, affectivity and philosophy. Exhibitions are curated by the director and creator of the space, trans woman Erica Malunguinho, who insists that the space exists so that “black utopias can be forged”. On the walls of the large installation room are physical samples of this emotional web, such as photographs and paintings of black men and women, and banners embroidered by Dona Jacira, mother of the rapper Emicida.