While Pedro Alvares Cabral is known for discovering Brazil, Expo Brasil 2014 in New York City will aim to recognize and celebrate the many women who have contributed to Brazil then and now. This year’s theme for Expo Brazil will be “Women With Power and Axe”. It will take place between August 25 thru August 30, 2014.
There will be two exhibitions during the week. The first will be “Women of Power” which will be held on August 25 thru August 29, 2014 at the HSA Gallery. It will highlight the warriors from Tejecupapo, which is an ancient city near the current fifth largest city in Brazil, Recife, the baiana (old spelling ‘bahiana’) Maria Quiteria, and the African Luisa Mahin. Born in on a farm in the Bahia region of Brazil, she joined volunteer forces in the Brazilian military during the War for Independence against the wishes of her family. She eventually worked her way up to the rank of Lieutenant and was eventually awarded the Imperial Order of the Southern Cross. Luisa Mahin was born from a Portuguese father who illegally sold her into slavery at age ten where she ended up in the Bahia region of Brazil. Also a woman of an independent spirit, she became active in the slave revolts in the early seventeenth century, including the Malian Revolt, a revolt of slaves of Islamic origin on January of 1835. There will be a fashion show during this event, and an exhibition by photographer Fred Pontes of Bahia.
The second exhibition will include a book launch and conversational debate of Marcos Resende’s new book. Resende’s book will cover his research on women in candomble, an Afro-Brazilian religion that is a mixture of traditional Yoruba, Fon, and Bantu beliefs which originated from different regions in Africa. It has roots from the slave trade when Africans were brought to Brazil. This event will be held on August 27,29 and 30, 2014 at The New York State Office Building, which is located at 163 West 125th Street.
The exhibitions will be a good source of historical and cultural information. Many people can benefit whether it is an interest or perhaps one is studying or thinking of studying anthropology or women’s studies. But regardless of the intent on going, there will be a wealth of information that will be a benefit to everyone who attends.