The “Caro Barro” sculptures result from a collaboration between the Belgian designer Sep Verboom and the artisans of Coqueiro Campo, a Brazilian village in the Valley of Jequitinhonha, in the north of Minas Gerais. Following centuries of tradition, the woman of the community still produce artisanal ceramics that are made entirely from natural materials. For this project, the Belgian organization Beleza Design & Art collaborated with the Brazilian ngo Artesol to invite Verboom and his brand “Livable”, which specializes in working with artisans all over the world. Verboom lived and worked with the artisans for one month. The resulting sculptures mix the traditional visual language of these artisans with material elements from the village, such as roof plates. They tell the story of this valley, which has been taken over by eucalyptus plantations that have displaced the local people, ruined their land and forced them to be even more reliant on the sale of their ceramics — emphasizing their most precious natural recourse: clay.
Copyright picture: Renato Navarro