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CARDELLA, Sebastián Nicolás. The power of the grotesque: carnival, death, and renewal in Com o coração saindo pela boca, by Jonathas de Andrade. Índex [online]. 2022, n.14, pp.55-65. ISSN 2477-9199.

At the 59h Venice Biennale, brazilian artist Jonathas De Andrade exhibited the image of a dismembered body based on a whole series of typical expressions of popular Brazilian language that, alludes to different body parts. Therefore, in this paper we analyze this exhibition, considering that it replicates a grotesque-carnivalesque conception of the body. Thus, the article shows the way in which De Andrade’s work can be approached from this perspective, as well as the way in which it carries an undoubted political-disruptive power in as much as it promotes, by its own grotesque and carnivalesque logic, the degradation and relativization of hegemonic norms, codes, identities and forms of corporality, thereby opening the possibility for their reform, change and renewal.

Keywords : Jonathas de Andrade; Carnaval; Grotesque; Body; Death; Renewal.

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