Named after indigenous Brazilian masks known for their intricate craftsmanship and symbolic significance, Atuxuá showcases the intrinsic beauty of Sabai grass - a raw fiber native to India primarily found in the eastern and northeastern regions of the country, blending historical significance with contemporary design. Humberto Campana's creative process operates in a perpetual present, deftly capturing fleeting moments within his designs. A storyteller through creation, he transforms ordinary objects into extraordinary pieces.
"For this collaboration, I wanted to work with raw materials and take into consideration a craft traditional from India, which is why the Atuxuá piece is made with natural fiber and brass. The intricacy of the Sabai grass and the metalwork represents a parallel between the spirituality, rituals, and religious syncretism we can find both in India and Brazil.” (H.C) At the heart of this show is a solo piece, a cabinet, prominently staged amidst a field of grass. Drawing inspiration from India’s landscape and shape of traditional local bamboo objects, this grass cabinet is meticulously tied together with brass wires as delicate as the fiber itself, faithfully emulating the traditional technique used to bundle grass for trade. Weeks of hand work were spent sewing each blade of grass onto a bamboo lattice to recreate the impressive mass that Sabai grass represents during its harvest. The wild coat covers a solid brass structure created in Jaipur with æquō's partner workshop Frozen Music.