I got to know Yankatu's work in 2015, when designer Maria Fernanda Paes de Barros approached us for her first furniture exhibition. In Fio da Meada, she shows that she made her debut at the A CASA Museum, along with three other designers, we identified with her work method that combines attention to the smallest details and immersion in the communities with which she works.
Since then, the ties between A CASA museum of Brazilian objects and Yankatu have only strengthened. Her production in Vale do Jequitinhonha was also at the A CASA museum in 2017 and her author collections have already been highlighted in two editions of the Brazilian Object Award, an award that we hold every two years.
When I was introduced to the photographic poetry of Marcelo Oséas, I could see that, although his artistic support is different, his vision of artisanal production and indigenous culture are complementary to those of Maria Fernanda.
In Duas Crônicas (Two stories), they present the result of their immersion in indigenous communities in the Amazon. In her work in the riverside communities in Pará, Fernanda proposed to the region's artisans to make straw works in honor of the Borari ceramic production. Although they are considered riverside for political and territorial reasons, their ancestry in the same ethnic group is evident not only in many customs, but mainly in their artisanal production.
Marcelo presents colorized photographs with natural pigmentation and that record his experience inside the Munduruku village, located in the lower Tapajós, Pará.
We were pleased to open the doors of the A CASA museum to receive two distinct, yet complementary works that tell us about the history and tradition of indigenous peoples, such precious knowledge of these inhabitants of our country.