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Photo Friday

The 2011 AAA Photo Contest is a showcase of anthropology at its best. Of the 93 photos submitted, AAA members selected their favorites in each of the four categories: Practice, People, Place and Process. You can view the top 20 photos in Anthropology News. Here on the AAA blog, we will feature several of the photos in this blog series, Photo Friday.

Urban Saci Graffiti in São Paulo, Brazil by Reighan Gillam

Title: Urban Saci Graffiti in São Paulo, Brazil
Photo Courtesy of Reighan Gillam
Contest Category: Place
Caption: Saci is an Afro-Brazilian folkloric character commonly depicted standing on one leg, smoking a pipe, and wearing a red cap. He is nationally renowned as a trickster and the protagonist of minor pranks. Appearing on the outside of a commercial building in the centro district in Sao Paulo, this graffiti art reinterprets Saci within the context of urban life and critiques Brazilian racism. It visually illuminates the contradiction between Saci as an endearing figure of national sentiment and a potential threat should he physically appear in the street, where police would probably subject him to the scrutiny, harassment, and violence meted out to many Afro-Brazilians on a daily basis.

Look for details on the 2012 AAA Photo Contest in late April!

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