Abaporu Shoe


-Abaporu (from Tupi language”abapor’u”, abá (man) + poro (people) + ‘u (to eat), “the man that eats people”) is an oil painting on canvas by the Brazilian painter Tarsila do Amaral, executed in 1928 as a birthday present to the writer Oswald de Andrade, her husband at the time.

The composition: one man, the sun and a cactus – inspired Oswald de Andrade to write the “Anthropophagite Manifesto” and consequently create Anthropophagic Movement, intended to “swallow” European culture and turn it into something culturally very Brazilian.

Tarsila described the subject of the painting as “a monstrous solitary figure, enormous feet, sitting on a green plain, the hand supporting the featherweight minuscule head. In front a cactus exploding in an absurd flower.” This “monstrous” figure is, in fact, human. An unadorned, undressed, sexless, and ageless human whose anatomy has been distorted. Beginning with a huge foot and hand at the bottom of the picture, the figure slowly shrinks to a tiny head at the top.

-Armadillo Boot from Platos Atlantis. Spring-Summer 2010 Ready to Wear collection. Alexander McQueen last show

McQueen, according to an internal logic detailed in a press release, was casting an apocalyptic forecast of the future ecological meltdown of the world: Humankind is made up of creatures that evolved from the sea, and we may be heading back to an underwater future as the ice cap dissolves.



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