Rather than the usual rush of trying to get to Sao Paulo from Minas on the day of my flight, I actually found myself with time to kill, having arrived in Sao Paulo the night before for a meeting. Tuca Dias, owner of Santa Alina and part-time Sao Paulo resident, recommended Ibirapuera Park and the Design da Periferia exhibit at the Pavilhao das Culturas Brasileiras. Curated by Adelia Borges, the exhibit showcased some of the creativity and beauty that abound in Brazil.
Exhibit Introduction From the Curator
Design from the Periphery
This exhibition features artifacts made by ordinary people to meet their everyday needs, using readily available resources such as waste materials and garbage. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the resulting objects that perfectly fulfill the functions for which there were designed. The aesthetic solutions for their forms are on a par with projects by university-educated designers.
The exhibition title – Design from the Periphery – alludes to the fact that the objects and situations shown remain on the margin, far from the established status quo, rather than being mainsteamed by the institutionalized world of culture. All the works and images on display integrate the permanent collection of the Pavilhao das Culturas Brasileiras (Pavilion of Brazilian Cultures), the nation’s only institution holding such a comprehensive collection of folk design. Most of the exhibits have been acquired recently, between 2009 and 2012. These pieces are unequivical expressions of creative talent, clearly showing inventiveness has historically been a strategy for survival inherent in Brazilian Culture – Adelia Borges, curator.
Of particular interest to me were the coffee carts. All from Salvador, Bahia .
Street Grills and Cangaceiro Hats