argue that her “primitive” subjects are in fact reflections of an embodied national landscape and consciousness. Through a formal analysis of key paintings by Tarsila do Amaral as well as the manifesto itself, this thesis examines how her transgressive use of symbolism through color and figural abstraction helped develop a specific Brazilian artistic autonomy. By exploring how historical notions of race and indigeneity in Brazil are redefined in Tarsila do Amaral’s work, a broader theme emerges: how can artwork serve as a method for post-colonial reconstruction and re-imagination?
Alex Santana is an undergraduate senior studying Latin American Studies and Art History. She is moving to New Orleans to start a Master's Degree at Tulane where she plans on researching digital/new media art in Latin America. One day, she hopes to work within an arts museum as a curator or educator.