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GringoView: about time to discover Brazil’s rich folk art heritage

(Opinion) It's about time the artificial quality barrier that appears to exist between things foreign and Brazilian should be broken down.

What is foreign and therefore considered valuable, exciting, and accepted, and what is indigenously Brazilian, often dismissed as of peripheral importance, makes no sense.

When this gringo first came to Brazil and chanced upon the wonderful, culturally reflective Brazilian primitive, folk, and naïve art, I asked myself why was there so little local interest in it?

My sense that I had 'discovered' it was simply an acknowledgment of its low place on the Brazilian artistic totem pole . . .

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