The Campanas exhibition brings to the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Brasilia, a series of objects created by the Campana brothers, considered to be among Brazil’s most important contemporary designers. Born and raised in Brotas, a small town in the State of São Paulo, Fernando and Humberto are internationally acclaimed and considered to be amongst the five best designers in the world. They have participated in exhibitions in the world’s main museums, including the MoMA in NYC, and they are known for products strongly identified with the Brazilian soul, always exhibited in an innovative and unique way. Their inspiration is clearly urban and their production contains chaotic references that stem from our huge and rough cities, portraying in a unique manner the restraints and contradictions in which we live.
The thirty objects that will be shown are distributed in two separated and contrasting scenarios, bringing about a vivid dialog with backgrounds simulating desert landscapes under daylight and night.
The floor covered with plastic bottle residue emphasizes the materials that are part of the Campanas’ repertoire. The scenery, made up of recycled material, makes us think – as players and users of modernity – of the linkage between the raw material and the end product, between the discarded object and its reutilization, between the polluting element and its restoring capability.
The exhibition is a mirror to this encounter. It allows, in a singular manner, our Brazilian nature to be reflected in those objects, bringing about our pride, unabashed and complete.