above photos | ricardo basseti, coletivo muda
MUDA’s use of ceramic tile pushed them into studying the various ways that ceramic tiles have been used to tell a specific history all around the world. for centuries, governments have commissioned installations of ceramic tile to tell a “glazed” version of the story of their community. a sort of ceramic state of the nation. and brazil is widely noted for their own vast history of public ceramic embellishments.
the rio times explains that MUDA can be translated as both the imperative “you change!” but also refers to the seedlings of plants, and brazil is the perfect soil for muda’s seedlings.
in a previous blog post, (see here) we focused on the revered works of brazilian artist, athos bulcão, who decorated a host of oscar niemeyer projects with the intent of showing the glory and endurance of a new brazil. MUDA is more than a nod to bulcão.