ABOUT ME

A performer, a singer, a songwriter, an anthropologist, an ethnographer, are a handful of labels I go by. My academic background can be found in the conjuncture of Humanities and Social Sciences, intersecting environmental science, global development studies, social anthropology, performing arts and media. Broadly, my research interests include themes of democracy, climate change, Indigenous media, Indigenous peoples’ participation in global politics, socioenvironmental justice, digital activism, and decolonisation. I received my MSc in Social Anthropology from Stockholm University, Sweden, on the basis of my thesis titled “Democracy, a Tragic Carnivalesque hero: The narratives of a transnational social movement against the coup in Brazil”.

 

The thesis offers an overview of the emergence of forms of resistance among Brazilians in the diaspora against the authoritarian turn in Brazil since the impeachment of the president Dilma Rousseff in 2016. I ethnographically investigated how a transnational mobilizing allowed the construction of a new collective identity of Brazilian migrants through the intersection of multiple struggles – including the fight for democracy, human rights, and the environment. In particular, the thesis covered the online organizational networks, background, ideologies, and narratives of The International Front of Brazilians against the Coup (FIBRA). Overall, I explored the processing of conflicts surrounding the scope and limits of the democratic rule, inserting Brazil in a broader context associated with a new wave of radical right-wing populism. I also explored ways to bring my artistic practices in the field into the anthropological text and used elements of Epic Theatre, Greek Tragedy and Carnival as conceptual tools through which to understand democracy as a tragic carnivalesque hero.

Before embarking on Social Anthropology, I started a MA in Aesthetic Disciplines at Stockholm University, from which I completed 90 credits. I attended courses in aesthetics and critical theory, performance theory and methodology, culture and communication, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, dramaturgy, theatre activism, and queer and gender studies. This academic experience prompted me to create a project called “Sonorous Activism” to investigate the relationship between music/sound and spaces of “otherness”, especially focusing on the aesthetics and political ontology of the “other”, namely the silenced and marginalized and their struggles for social emancipation. Subsequently, I released the album IDentidades (Identities) with own songs on themes ranging from xenophobia, racism, sexism, and urban violence.

I also hold a BA in Performing Arts, with specialization in Theatre Directing and Media, from the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil. There, I developed the monograph “The Scenic Word: Integrating voice and movement in the actor’s training” and directed the theatre play “Guantánamo: story of men and animals”.

Photo Bo Forslind Produção: Make Up Institute Stockholm Makeup Judit Szekeres

The play was based on documentary material on human rights violations at the United States military prison located within Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. It explored the contrast between the media framing of terrorism and its signification of Islamophobia, on the one hand; and the use of torture during counter-terrorism measures, on the other. At the Federal University of Ouro Preto, I was a research fellow in the CNPQ Young Research Program and developed the project “Adaptation of Dramatic Canons in Contemporary Theatre: An Ethical-Aesthetic Approach” and co-directed the play “Phaedra’s Love” by Sarah Kane. I was also part of the Nucleus of Studies in Performing Arts (NEA) in the project “Artistic Creative Processes”.

As an outward facing researcher, I regularly contribute to civil society organisations and participate in activist and artistic projects, particularly focused on human rights. In this way, I try to combine the academic, the political, and the artistic. My mission today is to use the power of knowledge and creative thinking to contribute to what we hope is the creation of a more just and sustainable society.

 

MUSIC

"First Bartira Fortes goes through us with her indigenous name. Next, her voice separates us from ourselves. Then the rhythm of her music puts us back as a whole. Her music, sometimes cannibalistic, sometimes urban, slams windows and doors in the closed field of the sounds where our hearing dies. We do not listen to Bartira Fortes without violence. She does not sing to tame our listening. In the state of the lived language where art stands, the sounds of Bartira Fortes are a way of seeking the world. The pathway shown by her music, loaded with dissatisfactions against external scars, against what is said just to be said, against rules, pre-notions, and measures, is a pathway full of abysses. We must pay attention to the lyrics, the rhythms and melodies of Bartira Fortes in order to appreciate the darkness, to bear the vertigo. A Brazil that is not endogenous, a Brazil beyond itself, is there, in every timbre, every hit, every melody, that approach the borderline. Without the need of pleasing, entartaining, Bartira’s music is bigger, powerful, bright. It is a promise that we can hear more." - Márcia Tiburi, philosopher

Listen to IDentidades on Spotify
Bartira Fortes vocals
Allan Christie piano, synth, rhodes, guitar, accordion
Kristion Brink sax, flute
Rubem Farias bass
Robert Ikiz drums, percussion
Galeão Record Company

VIDEOS

 
 

GALLERY

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Brazilian Day Stockholm 2019

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PUBLICATIONS

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Manifestation at the Second Internationa
Moving between Anthropology, Activism, Art

Feb 18, 2021

Article by Bartira Fortes published on Antroperspektiv, a blog belonging to the Swedish Anthropological Association (SANT).

Street Art of Marielle Franco by Rodrigo
Anthropology, Activism, Art and Democracy in Brazil

Jan 29, 2021 (In Portuguese)

Article by Bartira Fortes published in the Portuguese Magazine Caliban of Literature and Arts.

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Master's Thesis: Democracy a Tragic Carnavalesque Hero

Sep 29, 2020

Department of Social Anthropology

Stockholm University

Supervisor: Eva-Maria Hardtmann

Examiner: Helena Wulff 

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Right to Food in Brazil

Nov 5, 2019 (In Swedish)

Article by Bartira Fortes published in the FIAN website.

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From Music to the Sounds of Nature

Oct 26, 2017 (In Portuguese)

Interview with Gabriel Martins by Bartira Fortes published in the Portuguese Magazine Caliban of Literature and Arts

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Hilma af Klint’s Occult Art and Paintings for the Future

Aug 19, 2017 (In Portuguese)

Article by Bartira Fortes published in the Portuguese Magazine Caliban of Literature and Arts

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The poetic activism of Slam Resistance

Dec 15, 2016 (In Portuguese)

Article by Bartira Fortes published in the Portuguese Magazine Caliban of Literature and Arts

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Other-phobia: the (in)tolerant intolerance of Being

Nov 14, 2016 (In Portuguese)

Article by Bartira Fortes and Deise Rodrigues published in the Portuguese Magazine Caliban of Literature and Arts

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Johnny Hooker is neither male nor female

Sep 2, 2016 (In Portuguese)

Interview with Johnny Hooker by Bartira Fortes published in the Portuguese Magazine Caliban of Literature and Arts

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Reflections on contemporary masculinity

Jun 24, 2016 (In Portuguese)

Article by Bartira Fortes published in the Portuguese Magazine Caliban of Literature and Arts

 

PRESS

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Activist music: Bartira Fortes, Brazilian artist and her cry
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Bartira launches IDentidades: the transforming dimension in 11 songs
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Bartira Fortes: IDentidades or music as activism
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Bartira Fortes is one of the artists that take the stage during the Festival Semana Arte Mulher
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Bartira launches her new album IDentidades in Ouro Preto
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Bartira Fortes is back to Ouro Preto to launch her new album IDentidades produced in Sweden
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Interview TV UFOP
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Interview Music es un Voyage
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Bartira Fortes - The voice of plurality
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With songs against sexism and intolerance, Brazilian singer performs at Stockholm Jazz Festival
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Bartira celebrates diversity and mess around with traditional jazz
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Interview to the TV show Sonidos en Encuentro

CONTACT ME

bartira.fortes@sh.se

+46734812849 (Suécia)

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