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As introduced by the cultural elite of São Paulo, Brazil in 1922, the aesthetics of modernism drove Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx's designs of urban architectural projects in the mid-twentieth century. These architectural performances of a modern paulistano identity, evidenced in Parque Ibirapuera, provide insight into the challenges and ruptures of identify formation and memory for the residents of São Paulo. Using antropofagia as a lens of analysis, the call to cultural cannibalism complicates the processes of self-representation within the city. Historically, paulistanos believed themselves to be the socio-economic and cultural pioneers of the Brazilian nation but tracing the conflicting manifestations of modernism through various socio-political contexts demonstrates class tensions and local divergences from national programs of identity building.

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