Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Sociology (MA)

Degree Level



Sociology and Criminology


Juan José Bustamante

Committee Member

Anna Zajicek

Second Committee Member

Kayla Allison


Art as Activism, Black Queer, Queer Consciousness


The current scenario in Brazil has attracted the attention of queer artists activists since violence against LGBTQI+ ranks the country as one of the most dangerous places for this community. This study examined how Black gay men have used performative art as activism to foster queer consciousness in the state of Bahia, Brazil. This research employed a qualitative approach, in-depth interview, by providing the unique experiences of three Black queer men artists. Results showed that the early and present experiences of the participants provided a single understanding of how the three Black queer men have used the principles of Pedagogy of the Oppressed through art to make people reflect on social problems to liberate themselves from oppression in their communities. In particular, it illustrates the power of art as an essential tool to change the status quo.