Iaiá de Ouro

Hariel Revignet2020

Pinacoteca de São Paulo

Pinacoteca de São Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Iaiá de Ouro was one of the nicknames of Feliciana Maria Olímpia, a free Black woman who had much prestige in Recife in the second half of the nineteenth century. Accused of prostitution and being a “famous witch of the Largo do Forte das Cinco Pontas (the Five Point Fort Square),” she played an important role in connecting the religious experiences of Pernambuco’s Black urban communities, especially involving catimbós and xangôs. Living in the Largo do Forte das Cinco Pontas, Feliciana was also accused of undue enrichment with her healing practice. The newspapers called her “the famous sorceress Yaya” and, despite intolerance, Feliciana wielded great power over enslaved and free people, men and women, the poor and, perhaps, even the elite, which sought her to cure their ills.


  • Title: Iaiá de Ouro
  • Creator: Hariel Revignet
  • Date Created: 2020
  • Physical Dimensions: 29,5 x 20 x 1,2 cm (Suporte)
  • Provenance: Projeto Enciclopédia Negra (Companhia das Letras em parceria com a Pinacoteca de São Paulo, apoio do Instituto Ibirapitanga e colaboração do Instituto Soma Cidadania Criativa). Doação do artista, por intermédio da Associação Pinacoteca Arte e Cultura - APAC - em processo.
  • Type: Pintura
  • Medium: acrylic, sisal stitching and raffia straw on canvas

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