Though it is commonly described as a "racial paradise," or a "rainbow nation," Brazil's legacy of slavery is one of the most important (and ignored) chapters of it's history. North America is well known for its slave owning past, but the Portuguese colony of Brazil received more than 4,000,000 black slaves over the course of the Transatlantic Trade. That's more than ten times as many slaves than it's North American neighbors received. The vast majority of Brazil's slaves came from Angola, which was in effect a human factory for the Portuguese. Upon their arrival on the sugar plantations of Pernambuco and Bahia, they endured the harshest slave regime known to the Americas. The average life expectancy of a newly arrived slave was a mere 25 years or less. As the brutal conditions did not allow for the natural reproduction of life, the import of new slaves lasted for much longer than it did in the United States. The practice of slavery in Brazil was not abolished until 1888. As a result, the country has one of the most well preserved photographic histories of slavery. This image is of slaves on a coffee farm in Vale do Paraiba, Sao Paulo, in 1882. Courtesy of the Moreira Salles Institute.
Signature... Obsessional rainbow colors that i love so much :) #lgbt#rainbow warrior #greenpeace#rainbownation#mandela + origami!
(So many of this made during the giant wall in Paris of 150 by 15 meters for a big thank you to all the partners and to the volunteer team :)