Histórias da infância [Histories of Childhood] features multiple and diverse representations of childhood from different periods, territories and schools, from the art of Africa and Asia to that of Brazil, Cusco and Europe, including sacred, baroque, academic, modern, contemporary and the so-called popular art, as well as drawings made by children.
The exhibition is part of a project by MASP to juxtapose different collections, disregarding hierarchies and territories that would otherwise segregate them. In this sense, the histories in Histórias da infância are also decolonizing histories and take on a political meaning — there is an understanding that the histories that we can tell are not only those of dominant classes, or of European culture and its visual conventions.Thus, Histórias da infância is part of a larger program of exhibitions concerning different (multiple, diverse and plural) histories, beyond the traditional narratives — Histórias da loucura [Histories of Madness] and Histórias feministas [Feminist Histories] (begun in 2015), Histórias da sexualidade [Histories of Sexuality] (in 2017) and Histórias da escravidão [Histories of Slavery] (in 2018). They are other histories, which include groups, voices and images that were repressed or marginalized, in which children and their way of seeing the world are inserted. Here, not by chance, the average height of the works on display was lowered about 30 cm in relation to the conventional eye level in museums, seeking a relationship closer to the gaze and body of the child.
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