The designer Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros and authorial photographer Marcelo Oséas present the exhibition Duas Crônicas (Two Stories), with the union of two indigenous themes of different ethnicities and works that rescue the souls of these communities. The exhibition takes place in September at the A Casa Museum in São Paulo, an institution that focuses on the Brazilian object, contributing to the recognition, appreciation and development of artisanal production and design.
Marcelo Oseas brings his photographic series “Uma Crônica Munduruku”, the result of an immersion in the Amazonian ethnic group that gives the series its name, located in the lower Tapajós. The day-to-day images reflect the community's desire to maintain its daily life, even with contact with the consumer society and the pressures of the tourism market and regional enterprises. After a year of material research and living with the Munduruku village, Marcelo produced the portraits, made on the digital plane of photography, printed via Fine Art in B&W and manually colored with natural pigments collected in the Amazon region. This work resulted in the photographic series that had community participation in the selection and construction of the photographs.
In addition to Marcelo's photographs, Maria Fernanda presents “Kwasawá | Borari”, a project to rescue the ancestry of the Urucureá community, in Pará, through pottery and straw. During the development of a project in Alter do Chão, the designer was surprised by the lack of information from the riverside community about her ancestors and about the origin of the straw braiding technique they use in their work. This lack of knowledge was generated by shame, the result of years of intimidation, or by the need to belong to one or another “category” that makes one have more or less land rights in a demarcation. The work developed by Maria Fernanda recovers the value of lives and the importance of her ancestors through traditional handicrafts, almost nonexistent today: pottery. The result of this was the reproduction 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 Boari ethnic group. The name of the designer's project, Kwasawá, means “knowledge” in the Nhengatu indigenous language.
The two distinct works, but with the same soul, give life to the exhibition “Duas Crônicas”, starting on September 11, at the A Casa Museum. 10 photographs manually colored by the photographer Marcelo Oséas and four pairs of vases and baskets produced by the community together with Maria Fernanda will be exhibited. The pieces will be for sale and there is also a social counterpart, where part of the income will be used to continue projects with the community of Urucureá and the construction of the Munduruku school of culture and customs, which aims to transmit traditional values and strengthen the preservation of Tapajós National Forest in the future.