To eat a frog, the missionary Jesuit priest, the enemy tribe, the whole history of colonial domination in South America, is to serve your ancestor at a dinner table, without nostalgia, for what you are digesting is your future as a human— and that includes a frog-future as well.
In the sixteenth century, the image of Amerindian anthropophagy was at the center of disputes on the meaning of humanity. In the early twentieth century, it was again rediscovered by the Brazilian avant-garde associated with the imprint Revista de Antropofagia. Antropofagia is a cosmopolitical philosophy, a cannibal metaphysics extending well beyond a pacifying, multicultural view of appropriation. Eating another human is to cross the ontological boundaries imposed by Western modernity, capitalist labor, the Cartesian-Freudian self. Nature and culture are in the perspective of the hunter and the hunted. To become prey is the movement of humanity.
‘The Forest and The School: Where to sit at the dinner table?’ is co-published by Archive Books and the Academy of Arts of the World in Cologne. Edited by the writer and visual artist Pedro Neves Marques, this publication is a thorough anthology on Brazilian Antropofagia. It presents Antropofagia not simply as an aesthetic movement, based on acculturation or an hybridity exemplary of the tropics, but as a full scope South American cosmopolitics, defined by predation and the immanence of the enemy, by an humanity unbound from species, and a aimed at leisure.
The first half of the book, “The Forest and The School” gathers texts from sixteenth century chronicles on cannibalism, the Brazilian avantgarde, Tropicália, and the anthropology of Pierre Clastres, Bruno Latour, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, as well as of Davi Kopenawa. The second half ‘Where to sit at the dinner table?’ collects recent texts and new commissions relating Antropofagia to multinaturalist perspectivism, the declaration of the Rights of Nature, or the centrality of the indigenous in current political struggles.
Edited by Pedro Neves Marques
Texts by Hans Staden, Jean de Léry,Michel de Montaigne, James Frazer, Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, Alfred Jarry, Oswald de Andrade, Antônio de Alcântara Machado, Oswald Costa, Freuderico, Japy-Mirim Poronominare, Garcia de Rezende, Raul Bopp, Flávio de Carvalho,Glauber Rocha, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Hélio Oiticica, Hélène Clastres, Pierre Clastres, Félix Guattari, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Bruno Latour, Davi Kopenawa and Bruce Albert, Tânia Stolze Lima, Alexandre Nodari, Jean Tible, Paulo Tavares, Giuseppe Cocco, Suely Rolnik
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