Letters from a traveller | #6

All together and mixed up
November 19, 2019

What can I say about Salvador ... Energy that vibrates all the time, it seems that it has more light than in other cities I've visited, I can't quite explain, it's pure magic. Yes, of course there is a social abyss and at various points we find carelessness about the city, its history and its people, yet it shines, it seems that it exudes courage and joy simply by being alive.


Lecturing on Design for Life was remarkable. I spoke right after my dear friend, architect Crisa Santos, a skin-sensitive professional who deals daily with topics from which 99.9% of the population prefers to avoid: grief, death. She develops projects that transform cemeteries into places of welcome, transforming sensations that are nonetheless difficult but may well be more humane. As well said Ric Peruchi, another dear friend who gave us the honor of attending our lectures: Crisa Santos makes cemeteries for the living. I know the subject sounds strange, but if you try to understand a little more about her work applying neuroarchitecture and biophilia you will see that what I am saying makes perfect sense.


Well, going back to Salvadro Design Week, substance and exchange are the words that define it. In an incredible place called Collaborative Space, in City Park, we talked about the most diverse subjects in the area of ​​design, transdisciplinarity, sustainability, social impact, life and career changes, encounters and important mismatches that let us in where we are today. New paths and friendships have emerged from this event and there will surely be much to share in the upcoming Salvador Design Week from October 22 to 25, 2020.


While all this was happening in Salvador, the exhibition Two Chronicles continued at Museum A CASA, in São Paulo, highlighting the importance of respect and appreciation of indigenous ancestry and how we can innovate without denying or erasing our past. For those who couldn’t visit, we made a short video telling a little about the process and part of its result, since I want it to continue reverberating around!


And, as I don't know how to stay still, I decided to reopen Yankatu Gallery, this time focusing on Yankatu's projects with Brazilian artisans, bringing not only the launch of new works, but also trying to allow you to experience a little of the region's culture that is one of my sources of inspiration. Write it down, Carmibó Series release will be on 28/11, starting at 17h. See you there!

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Yankatu - Design + Art with Brazilian soul

Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros Penteado

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