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Artist protests Brazilian president Bolsonaro’s handling of the coronavirus crisis

The Brazilian artist Julio Villani has hung six black cloths protesting Bolsonaro on the façade of the Brazilian Embassy in Paris Courtesy of the artist

The Brazilian artist Julio Villani mounted a protest against the right-wing Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro in Paris yesterday. Villani hung six black cloths on the façade of the Brazilian Embassy emblazoned with statements such as “impeach Bolsonaro” and a smaller white banner declared that “another Brazil is possible”.

The pieces symbolise the “ongoing determination, revolt and despair” the artist feels in the wake of Bolsonaros handling of the Covid-19 crisis. In early March, Bolsonaro claimed that the virus is a “small cold” that only afflicts the elderly population. Brazil has now recorded more than 310,000 coronavirus cases, placing it behind the US and Russia, which have the highest.

“The banners are a reference to the black cloths people are tying up at their windows and balconies in Brazil. The cloths are a sign of grief [over] Covid-19 and a [message of] support for medical teams but also a cry of revolt against Bolsonaro and his government, so I put black cloths at the windows of the Brazilian embassy,” Villani tells The Art Newspaper.

The protest pieces have since been removed; the embassy, located in the eighth arrondissement, declined to comment on the intervention. Villani adds: “Im just doing whaRead More – Source