Tag: BR – Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site

Rio de Janeiro’s Unesco-listed slave wharf receives nearly $2m for renovation; Gabriella Angeliti; Art Newspaper


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Questions remain but Rio slave wharf museum still planned to go ahead; Andy Knagg; Leisure Management

The provision of a new museum of Afro-Brazilian culture at a Unesco World Heritage site in Rio de Janeiro remains on the cards, despite speculation that delays could cause it to lose its Unesco status.

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Rio de Janeiro’s slave wharf museum gains ground; Gabriella Angeleti; Art Newspaper

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 29, 2017: Cais do Valongo (Valongo Wharf), an archaeological site recognized by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The site

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OUT OF TIME / SAINDO DO TEMPO; Jennifer Reut; Landscape Architecture Magazine

Brazil – Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site

As part of an ongoing effort to make content more accessible, LAM will be making select stories available to readers in different languages.

There are a number of arresting images in Sara Zewde’s proposal for a memorial at Valongo Wharf in Rio de Janeiro, but my favorite is the one with the water. In it, ghostly figures in white are faded back over a scrim of water overlaid on the sea. Above their heads is a diagram of points and lines that ricochet out from a dense cluster triangulating across the sky. The palette is one of muted blues and grays. It feels both transcendent and somber.

The diagram comes from one of the spatial analyses that Zewde did on samba, the distinctly Brazilian musical form with African roots that lives in the city’s streets and squares. It depicts the roda de samba, an informal dance circle of musicians and spectators who become musicians. The character of samba is both sad and happy, a shout of joy and a lamentation.

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Mayor’s Proposed ‘Slavery and Freedom Museum’ Stokes Debate and Skepticism; Claire Jones & Lisa Hollenbach; RioOnWatch

Brazil – Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site

While Rio’s oldest favela, Providência, marks 120 years since its founding, the city has been undergoing a broader moment of historical reckoning, considering how best to utilize the past in order to construct identities and face the future. As the establishment of the Evictions Museum in Vila Autódromo and the struggle of the New Blacks Institute in the Port Zone show, collective engagements with history often occur through museums, as public spaces dedicated to the past. In particular, museums can serve as spaces for marginalized groups like favela residents and Afro-Brazilians to claim and share their stories, a crucial ability given those communities still face violence and societal obstacles today.

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This Proposed Museum Would Celebrate Brazil’s African Heritage—Finally; Kiratiana Freelon; OkayAfrica

Brazil – Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site

These activists are fighting for the support of the Brazilian government to back a museum dedicated to Afro-Brazilian culture and history.

On a recent Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, the Filhos de Ghandi afoxé group congregated at the Cais do Valongo (Valongo Wharf) to celebrate the naming of the area as a UNESCO World Heritage center. Clad in blue and white robes, the group’s members danced to African drum rhythms. Many of the dances were dedicated to specific orixá gods. The public, many of whom learned about the event through a public Facebook event, watched or joined in on the celebration.

One hundred years ago, such public celebration so strongly connected to the Candomblé religion would have been prohibited.

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What Once Was the Main Slave Port in the Americas Is Now a World Heritage Site; Fernanda Canofre; The Wire

Brazil – Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site

Rio de Janeiro’s Valongo Port was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July.

The remains of what was once the largest slave trade port in the Americas came to the surface in 2011 after almost 200 years buried, when construction work on Rio de Janeiro’s port area began as part of the city’s preparations ahead of the Olympic Games it would host five years later.

In July 2017, UNESCO certified the place as a World Heritage Site, with the purpose of turning the long-lost stones of Cais do Valongo into a memorial site.

The recognition from the UN’s educational, scientific and cultural arm forces Brazil to recognise a period of its history that the country still struggles to fully confront. Brazil was the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery, doing so in 1888.

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