Corps of Work/Corps of Combat

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The colonization process changed the history of the world. The kidnapping and enslavement of populations considered inferior, based on biological characteristics, contributed to the separation of those who would be humans and those who would be sub-humans—a fact that happened with the constitution of the idea of race as a justification for the process of domination. Thus, in societies that are the result of coloniality, Black people have been expropriated, subordinated, and decimated over the past five centuries, with the body of these oppressed individuals being taken as an object of work and desire and also the target of a necropolitics of the state. From this context, a look at the body and its uses in the field of Brazilian art is sought, focusing on the production of Black-descendant artists who, using performance as a language, have put their bodies in combat against colonial standards.