- Susan Fisher Sterling
(b Rio de Janeiro, Nov 11, 1964).
Brazilian painter and photographer. Her works follow an international tendency in early 21st-century art to focus on the body and its politics. In the 1990s Varejão appropriated and remapped a large corpus of Portuguese and Dutch Baroque images and artefacts disseminated during the colonization of Brazil, in order to confront a history of violence and domination, resistance and displacement. Re-using images from old maps, Portuguese azulejos (tin-glazed tiles), Chinese import porcelains, historical scenes by European artists, portraits and early travelogues and colonial histories, Varejão linked the colonial discovery of the New World to the subjugation of indigenous people and the creation of slavery and a global trade empire. This approach reveals ‘the historical molding of the body by religion, by the violent and amorous encounters in the formational process of America, by the politics of gender in regard to women, by the lessons of anatomy from scientific knowledge and art’ (see Herkenhoff, p. 4)....