24 October 2011: The influence of the African Diaspora on Latin American Art

Tuesday Tasters: The influence of the African Diaspora on Latin American Art, Dr Matthias Rohrig Assuncao, History and Rebecca Breen, Philosophy and Art History

25 October 2011 13.00 – 14.00 5S.4.11 Booking essential through Staff Development or email below

This informal session will look at two examples of Latin American art with traceable roots in Africa. Dr Matthias Assuncao will begin with the Angolan roots of Capoeira – a Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, sports, and music - examining the transatlantic links of a now globalized performing art. Rebecca Breen will then consider the influence of santería on the body-art performances of Cuban artist Ana Mendieta in the 1970s. Santería emerged in Cuba as a strategic fusion of Catholicism and the traditional Yoruba religion of West Africa, carried to the “New World” during the Atlantic slave trade of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

As a special Black History Month event, this Tuesday Taster is open to all members of the university and the local community. Places are limited, however, so please book in advance, email

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