This talk aims to examine the challenges facing contemporary Brazilian artistic production in the face of global humanitarian, health and political catastrophes. Starting from an analysis of the writing process Leonardo Tonus’ last collection of poems “Diários em mar aberto” (São Paulo, Folhas de Relva, 2021), we will look at the paths taken by literature and the visual arts in Brazil in terms of the representation of people in situations of refuge or in combating the racist, misogynist or homophobic discourse that ravages the country. In short, a dialogue that underlies every artistic creation between emergencies and aesthetic and political insurgencies.
Leonardo Tonus is a professor of Brazilian literature at the Sorbonne Université (France). Several of his poems have been published in national and international anthologies and magazines. He is the author of three collections of poetry: “Agora Vai Ser Assim” (Editora Nós, 2018), “Inquietações em tempos de insônia” (Editora Nós, 2019) and “Diários em mar aberto” (Folha de Relvas Edições, 2021).