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Representing the World, Weathering its End: Arthur Bispo do Rosário’s Ecology of the Ship

Arthur Bispo do Rosário, Vinte e Um Veleiros (Twenty-One Sailboats), Museu Bispo do Rosário Collection. Photography: Rodrigo Lopes
Marlon Miguel focuses on Arthur Bispo do Rosário’s many ship-shaped objects which, he suggests, function as symbolic markers of the transatlantic slave trade and the persistent climate of antiblackness in Brazilian society. Borrowing a neologism from poet Conceição Evaristo, Miguel names Bispo’s act of defiant self-inscription in a history that wanted to erase him an escrevivência, a writing to survive.