Trajano was accused of participating in the short-lived Republic of Cunani, a Black village on the border between the modern-day state of Amapá and French Guiana. Created by explorers in the mid-1880s and enduring until the beginning of the twentieth century, the Republic of Cunani was inhabited by about 300 people at its peak. In the face of diplomatic and territorial conflicts between France and Brazil and of the right of asylum offered to freedmen and fugitive slaves, Trajano was accused of treason and arrested in 1895. Today, Cunani is considered a remnant quilombo community.


  • Title: Untitled (Trajano Cunani)
  • Creator: Kika Carvalho
  • Date Created: 2020
  • Physical Dimensions: 80 x 49,7 x 2,3 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 on canvas

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