Brazilian photographer Eliseu Cavalcante traveled to the land of the Terena tribe in July 2013, documenting the daily lives of its members, shortly after they reclaimed the Esperança farm site, located in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, which the Terenas have been trying to recover since the end of the war with Paraguay in 1870. As the photographer’s main focus is to bring attention to the land conflict involving Brazil’s indigenous tribes, the body of work reveals the tribe’s struggle, the innocence of their children and the faith and syncretism of the community. Presently shown at ESPASSO, NY, is a selection of photographs from this body of work, on view through August 10th. Check out more information about the project here.
Completed in 2013, the Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita e José Mindlin library, a project signed by Eduardo de Almeida e Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb located in the campus of the University of São Paulo (USP), houses the collections that bibliophile José Mindlin donated to USP, consisting of over 50,000 volumes. The 235,000 sq. ft. library complex includes a cafeteria and auditorium and takes inspiration on reputable international libraries such as Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Bibliothèque Saint Geneviève in Paris. The library’s interiors are furnished by an array of Brazilian-designed pieces, from modern to contemporary, illustrating some of the most iconic designs and designers from Brazil. Included are Sergio Rodrigues modern classics Mole armchair and sofa and Vronka armchair, along side his most recent design the Diz armchair from 2002; Jorge Zalszupin‘s iconic Vintage bench, from 1955, and Petalas coffee table, from 1962, and the last piece he designed, the Veronica armchair from 2010 also grace the library’s interiors as do contemporary fixtures such as Carlos Motta‘s Flexa, Guaiúba and Radar armchairs and Vitória dining table, and Claudia Moreira Salles‘ São Conrado sofa and armchairs.
The 4th installment of the vibrant Brasil SummerFest started this past weekend, offering a diverse line-up of Brazilian musical acts across multiple venues in New York. Founded and programmed by Petrit Pula – GM of Nublu – and co-curated by Béco Dranoff, Brasil SummerFest has become the largest and most important music event outside of Brazil “focusing on the richness and diversity of Brazil’s music culture.” With a special attention to contemporary artists in Brazil’s music scene, such as singer Bárbara Eugenia, and bands Forroteria and Baianasystem (both who mix regional and electronic sounds), the festival also showcases established musical luminaries such as the effervescent Baby do Brasil, singer songwriter Lenine and Brazilian musical royalty Bebel Gilberto. The festival this year also counts with the performance and screening of dance-documentary A Batalha do Passinho in conjunction with Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors festival. Check out entire program here.
Design and lifestyle Brazilian magazine Wish Casa featured Carlos Motta‘s hillside country home in the lush rainforest Mantiqueira mountain range in the state of São Paulo. Designed by Motta, the 3,000 sq. ft. house is on one of the highest areas of the Mantiqueira range - 5,000 feet in altitude- and epitomizes his simple, warm and conscientious design. Built atop an existing plateau – as Motta explains he would never clear one out, for his practice implements minimal impact on the environment – he built the house using local labor, out of local materials – reclaimed woods, stone and glass. Untreated wooden decks, verandas and comfortable furniture, such as his Parati and Rio Manso armchairs and Asturias chaise, further integrate the house to its bucolic setting, exhibiting Motta’s rustic and elegant contemporary design and architecture.
As a gift to his in-laws, Arthur Casas renovated one of the houses (formerly the workers’ house) in their farm located in Cristais Paulista, in the inland region of São Paulo. Originally a coffee farm, the renovation took a bit over a year, and includes the addition of a deck, with a small spa and garage, and an unpretentious landscape design by Renata Tilli. The project has hints inspired by the honeymoon trip the Casas made to Tuscany – as with the rustic whitewashed walls, and the little plaque that reads and names the house ‘Principessa’. Click here for entire article and slideshow.
New photographic works by Eliseu Cavalcante will be displayed at the Americas Society New York Headquarters, along a cocktail reception, this coming Thursday, July 10th, 6:30 – 8:00pm. Exhibited are a selection of photographs from Cavalcante’s Esperança Terena project that documents the Fazenda Esperança site, after the Terena tribe reclaimed its land back from ranchers: “The photographs in this project were taken in July 2013, when Brazilian photographer Eliseu Cavalcante went to Fazenda Esperança right after the Terena tribe took over the land from the ranchers. The whole area was closed to non-indigenous people at the time. Cavalcante was able to stay thanks to the trust and generosity of the tribe members. The images show the lives of these people: a mix of hope, spirituality, and a constant threat of losing their land once again.” Check out more information on the project and event here.
Young Brazilian designer Zanini de Zanine has captivated attention worldwide with his straightforward and elegant design for the past 10 years. Designing in two distinct lines of production: one favoring small, or unique, editions of solid wood furniture made from reclaimed native Brazilian woods, reminiscent of his father’s work (seminal modern designer José Zanine Caldas), counterposed with a more industrial line that employs varied industrial materials (sheet metal, plastics, methacrylate, etc.), Zanini has recently introduced a line of home-accessories. Manufactured by renowned Brazilian design firm Riva and sold in the US exclusively at Espasso, Zanini utilizes stainless steel to compose a few new functional pieces – pitcher, salt and pepper shaker and pizza slicer – that follow his strong lines and angles and innovative appeal.
Rio de Janeiro gallery Luciana Caravello’s current exhibition Pelada presents new photography works by Leonardo Finotti, documenting make-shift soccer fields is São Paulo’s peripheral neighborhoods. Topically relevant, in light of the current World Cup hosted in Brazil, Finotti turns his lens from the usual architectural sites he documents to these soccer fields as expression of both Brazilian’s passion for the sport and inventive, resourceful nature. Captured in aerial views, the photographic body of work also reveals the DYI soccer fields as landscapes indicative of their liminal stance both in society and urban development; gallerist Luciana Caravello explains: “Most of these fields are the only public spaces in these neighborhoods, and they are true areas of resistance to the public domain. They show, without publicity or sponsors, the true power of the relationship between soccer and people, art and politics.” Check here for more information.
CCTV’s Liling Tan visited Espasso’s Tribeca showroom to document the installation and opening of the exhibition Compasso for the network’s program America’s Now. The feature identifies the importance and somewhat obscurity of Brazilian modernism vis-à-vis the new re-edited works by Brazilian modernist masters Oscar Niemeyer and Jorge Zalszupin, subjects of the exhibition. Liling Tan interviews Espasso’s principal Carlos Junqueira, who describes his mission is to conserve and promote Brazil’s 20th century design heritage; “Brazil, it’s sort of like closed country in terms of exposure internationally. So, it was a way to show a little bit about…through each piece, our lifestyle, our creativity, our sense of humor”, says Junqueira. Check out entire article and video here.
Bilingual architecture Brazilian magazine Monolito dedicates each of their issue to a single theme/figure. The current Monolito issue celebrates the 30-year career of Brazilian architect and designer Arthur Casas, surveying his prolific practice that spans over residential and commercial buildings, civic and urban projects, and interior, furniture and home accessory design. Heading offices both in São Paulo and in New York, Casas’ work has steadily gained acclaim since he began in the 1980′s, as he is recognized as one of the most important and influential contemporary Brazilian architects working today. In consequence, Studio Arthur Casas has recently won 4 major public projects competitions, including the revitalization project of one of the oldest and most famous public centers in Brazil, the Pelourinho complex in Salvador, Bahia, as well as the competition for the Brazilian Pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015. Check out more here.