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Paintings producing persons and persons producing paintings: aesthetics, agency and transformation among the Matipu (MT)

Grant number: 15/00983-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2015
Effective date (End): July 29, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Indigenous Ethnology
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Antonio Roberto Guerreiro Júnior
Grantee:Gabriela Aguillar Leite
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/26676-0 - Transforming amerindian regional systems: the Upper Xingu case, AP.JP
Associated scholarship(s):16/12795-6 - Designs and transformations: paintings and beads among the Matipu people of the Upper Xingu, BE.EP.MS


The main goal of this research is to discuss the relations between aesthetics and agency among the Matipu, Karib speakers from the Upper Xingu. Based on the ethnography of the production of graphic art among this group, focusing on its use in body paintings, its specific goals are: a) to discuss how the production of graphic motifs may be associated with the processes of the production of the body and the person; b) to understand the particularities of the uses, meanings and effects of the visual artistic production of the Matipu in the context of the graphic and aesthetic common repertoire of the region; c) to investigate how the graphics (and eventually its own base repertoire) have been reinvented on the relationships with the non-indigenous world. It is expected, therefore, to improve the understanding of how the visual arts are involved in the production of sociality in the multi-ethnic and multilingual complex of the Upper Xingu, and to contribute to the discussions on aesthetics, agency and transformation in the Amazon region. (AU)

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LEITE, Gabriela Aguillar. Visual creativity and transformations among the Matipu people of Upper Xingu. 2018. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas Campinas, SP.

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