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Shoestring Productions: Brazilian Storytelling through Contemporary Woodcuts, Artists’ Books, and Small Press Books (1997-2021): Home

November 21 2021-December 9th, 2021, Design and the Arts Library, ASU Tempe Campus

Items on Exhibit

This exhibit draws together woodcut prints, artists’ books, and small press publications from Brazil. The books featured here are a mixture of handmade and small run productions that draw together illustration and poetry. Handmade books have had a place in popular culture in Brazil since the 16th century. As artists’ books they bring us illustrations integrated into the narrative.

The cordel tradition, emerged from northeastern Brazil in the 16th century, and tells contemporary stories through the use of poetry, prose, and illustration. Historically, these small books were illustrated by woodcuts. Modern editions are reproduced via photo copy machines.

Modern Brazilian artists and writers, excluded from the major publishing houses, are establishing their own collectives and publishing firms to bring forth work by communities of poets, graphic artists, and book artists. A pictorial style of storytelling, without words, has emerged from graphic artists working in Rio de Janeiro. Presented here are the works of small publishing houses and collectives, such as, Fada Inflada, Experimentos Impressos, Photo Film Americano, Cordel Expresso, and PUXAD_NHO, among others.

The Latin Americana Collection in the Distinctive Collections in the Arizona State University Library currently holds more than 150 woodcuts, artists’ books, and small press books.

The following items are featured in the exhibit:

Xilogravuras/Woodblocks Prints

Borges, Joel. Via Sacra de Antonio Concelheiro, 1997.

Artists’ and Small Press Books

Arraes, Jarid. A bailarina gorda. FIM, São Paulo, undated.

A menina que não queria ser princesa. FIM, São Paulo, undated.

As mamães de Karina. FIM, São Paulo, undated.

O turbante encantado. FIM, São Paulo, undated.

Os cachinhos encantados da princesa. FIM, São Paulo, undated.

Batista, Hamurábi. O impeachment da Presidenta Dilma Rousseff, Cordel Expresso, Juazeiro do Norte, 2018.

A Operação Lavajato a CIA e o FBI, Cordel Expresso, Juazeiro do Norte, 2018.

Os protesto de Junho de 2013 e a Prisão de Rafel Braga, Cordel Expresso, Juazeiro do Norte, 2018.

Leite, Luiza (poet) and Tatiana Podlubny (illustrator). Azulzim. Published by fadainflada, 2011.

Dentes, frascos e fósforos. A fada inflada, 2017.

Perímetro. A fada inflada, 2016.

Menezes, Eliza. Oceanário. PUXAD_NHO, Rio de Janeiro, 2017.

Nogueira, Erika. Parco galope. PUXAD_NHO, Rio de Janeiro, 2017.

Nonno, Isabel W. de. Cloro. PUXAD_NHO, Rio de Janeiro, 2017.

Pardal, Gabriel. Carta de Suicído no. 50. PUXAD_NHO, Rio de Janeiro, 2016.

Photo Film Americano, E anida sente, Photo Film Americano, Rio de Janeiro, 2017.

Rodrigues, Ricardo. Máscaras. Canoas, Rio de Janeiro, 2017.

Sawitzki, Manoela. Waldick. PUXAD_NHO, Rio de Janeiro, 2016.

Curator for Latin American Studies and Interim Curator for Rare Books and Manuscripts

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Hayden Library, ASU

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