How to understand Black art across the diaspora


Central and South America 

Son de La Artesa, 2004 

   Oil on canvas  
  Maria Auxiliadora de Silva

Cultura Afro-Brasileiro

1936 - present

In 1936, enthusiastic about the movements in favor of black consciousness going on in Brazil, cultural icon, Solando triad founded the Cultura Afro-Brasileiro (Afro-Brazilian Culture Center) in Sao Paulo. He did so with the help of poet Ascenso Ferreira, painter Barros (Miguel Barros), and writer José Vicente Lima. This collective aimed to seek Afro-Brazilian expression in the arts in addition to promoting the dissemination of black intellectuals and artists in Brazil. 

The founder of the Cultura Afro-Brasileiro believed in liberation for Black Brazilian through education and cultural development. In its founding document, the organization proclaims: “We will not do race fights, but we will teach black brothers that there is no superior or inferior race, and what makes them distinct from each other is cultural development. These are legitimate wishes that no one in good faith can refuse to cooperate with.”

Centro Cultural Cimmarrón

1995 - Present

Multi-generational, Afro-Mexican arts collective Centre Cultural Cimmarrón was formed in 1995 in El Ciruelo, Oaxaca. Initially, the organization served as a summer arts workshop for children in Black communities across Oaxaca and Guerrero. Now, their role has transformed into art educators and social justice leaders promoting Afro-Mexican ethnicity and presence. Artists of this collective each have their own unique style but develop works celebrating and giving a voice to Afro-Mexican histories.

This collective is active in political and community organizing, attending conferences such as The Meeting of Black Peoples on the Oaxaca Coast with other organizations like Mexico Negro AC. It is at events like these where they strengthen their mission and community process with others, furthering their goal to intertwine art and further pride in Afro-Mexican heritage.

Son de La Artesa, 2004 

   Oil on canvas  
  Aydee Rodriguez Lopez