Beauty Through Pain: The Brasil Renewal Collection

Beauty Through Pain: The Brasil Renewal Collection

Aline Bispo Souza is a Brazilian illustrator, visual artist and now, creator of the current collection, Brasil Renewal.
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The collection has been created to commemorate the beauty of Brasil following the tragic Vale dam collapse which occurred in Brumadinho, Brazil on the 25th January 2019. A mining dam collapse led to a mudslide throughout the area, claiming hundreds of lives as a result.
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Bringing this issue to the forefront through her art, Souza demonstrates her passion for highlighting social and ethnic inequalities of Brazilian people, whilst representing the black, feminine figure. As we know, artwork is multi-layered and is interpreted from several perspectives, and this is true of Brasil Renewal. For some, the pieces in this project may not immediately echo an environmental crisis, but instead, be a display of Afro Brazilian beauty and fashion. Facial anonymity of the individuals suggests that they symbolize the whole Brazilian community, while the vibrant color choice conveys a strong sense of cultural pride. However, beyond these influences, lies the root of what Souza is channeling: resistance and resilience.
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A popular household plant in Brazil, ‘The Sword of Saint George’, is included in each piece and is symbolic for resistance and resilience toward harsh climatic conditions. What can also be taken away from the presence of the plants, is their ability to transform and circulate oxygen back into the community which not only helps the Brazilian people remain resilient but also demonstrates the interconnectedness of nature and humanity. Mud is also flowing in the background of each piece, directly referencing the Vale Dam. In addition, what the individuals and color palette show, is a tenacity and ability to be physically resistant and resilient despite the presence of hardships.
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One of the beautiful things about this collection is that anyone and everyone can relate to a particular aspect of it, whether it's sharing Brazilian heritage, the language, being a woman or simply appreciating the message behind Brasil Renewal. Souza has chosen to collaborate with Camarades, merging fashion and art, and fuelling individuals with the spirit of activism. Donations from the collection will be made to Greenpeace, a charity that continues to be instrumental in fighting for the victims of Brumadinho and their environment.
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Written by Charlie Reynolds-Thompson
June 2019
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My name is Charlie Reynolds-Thompson, an individual who is passionate about creating change through the arts and recognising the power within ourselves to help facilitate that change. I am an undergraduate of African Studies at SOAS University and am particularly interested in the ways in which we can connect the Diaspora with the African continent through the arts and writing. The power in words can help spread social awareness and mobilise communities toward change. As an artist and songwriter, I strive to inject messages of self-love and social consciousness into my work, with both the paintbrush and the pen.
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"When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings."
- W.E.B. DuBois
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