89. A Conquista da terra: canção do prisioneiro (The Conquest of the Earth: Prisoner's Song), 1971. Glauco Rodrigues paints his portrait in Indian garb with a comic-book style speech balloon quoting the ritual response of a captive before being killed and eaten by cannibals (as reported in texts like the very popular Sixteenth-century account of Hans Staden, who had narrowly escaped this fate). The song is one of defiance and vengeance, basically spoiling the meal for the victors by reminding them that the prisoner had devoured their antecedents and so, in eating him, they would be eating their own flesh as well. There is an audaciously playful and bitingly satirical spirit here, much like that of Antropofagia, but now with the addition of elements from Pop Art.
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