From the Alma-Raíz Collection, Maria Fernanda proposes in the Kwasáwa Series | Borari, the rescue of the indigenous ancestry of the artisans of the community of Urucureá, in Pará, Brazil, through pottery and straw. Surprised by the little information that the artisans had about their ancestors and the origin of the straw braiding technique that they use in their work, the project developed recovers the value of the lives and the importance of their ancestors through the traditional crafts of the Borari ethnic group, almost nonexistent these days: pottery. The result of this was the re-reading in the straw of the shapes molded in the clay. Each piece has a shape and each artisan produced a piece, in a form of homage to the Borari ethnic group and their own ethnic groups, whatever they may be. The project's name, Kwasáwa, means “knowledge” in the Nheengatu indigenous language.
“Akwawa kwasawa usému se suí. I know that the knowledge came out of me.
Knowledge is something acquired that becomes part of us. It's printed on our bones, deposited there over time, from past existences and new experiences, added, felt, transformed into something unique, that inhabits our being. Awakening to the existence of this knowledge and the importance of ancestry in our life was the proposal made to the artisans of the Urucureá community, in western Pará, when presented to the Borari ceramics, and is the proposal made for you through the pieces of the Kwasawa series. “Rereading” pottery through straw paying homage to the first inhabitants of these lands is one of the ways to revere our ancestors and thank them for the knowledge received, an opportunity to revisit the story to tell it with the same veracity, adding to it the knowledge that is within us. We are all links of the same life that is undone to be remade, shaped and woven through the time."
Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros
Borari Crafts Culture and Arapiuns River Braided Tradition
2019 | Two Chronicles exhibition | A CASA Museum | São Paulo, SP - Brazil