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Mashinamu na Uhuru: connections between the production of makonde art and political history of Mozambique (1950-1974)

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Author(s):
Lia Dias Laranjeira
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD)
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Examining board members:
Maria Cristina Cortez Wissenbach; Denise Dias Barros; Colin Major Darch; Leila Maria Gonçalves Leite Hernandez; Luiz Henrique Passador
Advisor: Maria Cristina Cortez Wissenbach
Abstract

This thesis focuses on the connections between the production of wooden sculptures, known as mashinamu or makonde art, and Mozambiques history under the point of view of the makonde population and its political and artistic participation in the country, from 1950 until 1974. This period comprehends two essential moments for the groups social dynamics: the first, between 1950 and 1959, is characterized by the appreciation of makonde art in international African art markets, the growth of the migration flow towards the Tanganyika and the formation of mutual assistance organizations and policies that had been created there. The second moment, between 1959 and 1974, consists in the new significance makonde art undertakes in Mozambiques independence struggle and the project for the consolidation of a Mozambican nationality. With the intent of understanding the artistic production in relation to Mozambiques political history, this thesis elicited, among other aspects, the meanings of this production under different political and social contexts and the role of the makonde population in the countrys independence process. The research has looked into written registers consisting in documents and publications from the colonial period as well as into oral accounts, formed especially by interviews with sculptors who participated in the artistic and political spheres from the colonial period. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/07507-0 - THE MAKONDES IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF NATIONAL MOZAMBICAN IDENTITY: HISTORICAL INTERACTIONS BETWEEN ART, CULTURE AND RESISTANCE
Grantee:Lia Dias Laranjeira
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate