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The Sights and Voices of Dispossession: The Fight for the Land and the Emerging Culture of the MST (The Movement of the Landless Rural Workers of Brazil)


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Campo e Cidade. Undated and unsigned mural depicting the divisions between city, favela, and countryside.
A theme common across cultural genres in the MST is the opposition and option between the countryside and the city. In an undated and unsigned mural (likely by Sister Elda Broilo), the grouping of tarp-covered houses built by the Landless at the edge of a fenced-off countryside represents a movement away from the shanties that ring the city. The sacrifices of this precarious existence, symbolized by the drops of blood drawn by cut barbed wire, fertilize the land and become a source of beauty and hope.

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Murals : Edited by Malcolm McNee. Translation © Else R P Vieira.


November 2002

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Mural Painting
Murals, conceived of and painted collectively, have become important as allegorical representations of the defining themes of state and national level congresses of the MST. They also draw upon and strengthen the symbols of the MST.
Else R P Vieira

See also: The Plastic Arts in the MST: Beauty as a Human Right

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