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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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Culture: Icons, symbols, and monuments
Culture: Rehabilitation of traditions and country culture


Photo by Malcolm McNee, 2001. Reproduced by permission.


The houses of black plastic, often symbolic of the hardships endured by the landless, here occupy a beautiful, peaceful setting, thus becoming simultaneously a symbol of hope. Unsigned painting, Agrarian Reform Store, São Paulo, state of São Paulo.

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November 2002

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Painting and Sculpture
Individual artists portray the dignity and hopes of the Landless, helping to re-signify the term from a negative -- those without the means of production and social reproduction -- into a positive. Paintings and sculptures also draw upon and further invest with meaning symbols of the collective history and aspirations of the MST: tools, the fence, the movement's flag; the land, both as barren and divided and as lush and accommodating human habitation.
Else R P Vieira

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

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