Leonel Moura

Biblioteca National

The recent work of Leonel Moura deals with a pervasive problem on the contemporary artistic scene. The question at hand is, What social and economic geography informs our perception of the contemporary international cultural situation? Since the beginning of the decade, there has been an esthetic revaluation of cultural and regional traditions. In some cases, the result has been a simplistic analysis of the problem of cultural differentiation and homogenization. An interpretation based on a juxtaposition of regional cultures, or on the simple opposition between dominant and dominated culture, is no longer sufficient. In our present situation, the question becomes vaster and more complex. First, the question of differentiation has been extended to the definition and status of objects. In the context of this greater consideration, all objects (whether “domestic,” “artistic,” “primitive,” or

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