"BIG CHARRO" BY FERNANDO LAPOSSE
Design & Social Commitment.
The art mastery and social commitment of Fernando Laposse are reveled in one of his most iconic projects in 2016 under the name of “Totomoxtle”, from the indigenous Nahuatl term to referring to the creole corn.
Through “Totomoxtle” he uses the corn leaves, usually discarded as garbage, to create a beautiful organic texture laminate, used in the creation of furniture and architectural materials, the protagonist of several art works presented in numerous international forums, through which he has earned the title of “artist”.
On 2019, Laposse accomplished to get the public’s attention with his exhibition “Transmutaciones”, taking place at the museum “Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura” in Mexico City on May from the same year; his work “Food: Bigger than the Plate”, presented at the Victoria & Albert Museum, done with thousands of corn leaves ironed by hand, impressed attendees and critics, earning his place in the triennial at Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in Nueva York.
Activism and Creativity.
Beyond design, Laposse also know for environmental activism, questioning the production system and consumption habits, he draws the gaze of international attention toward how global politics impact on indigenous communities and showing a creative solution that can help to reduce the damage on this communities.
He was invited to give a talk at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, in January 2020, with Delfino Martinez and Nicolas Reye, two of his closest collaborators who also were the first indigenous people presented at Davos.
The unstoppable mind and hands of Laposse are always ready to mergecraft, agricultural production, design technics and the utility of every single material. All of this in a creative deconstruction that put you in a position of thinking and questioning yourself about the human consumption.
It is shown with his crusade to rescue the henequen, with the help of a collective Maya women group in Yucatan, integrating it with another handcrafted product made of natural resources like the cochinilla, in his artworks.
HUNAB Lifestyle Center, the perfect framework.
Considering that every art piece of Fernando Laposse comes from a large process of research, analysis, agriculture, and craft production; the arrival of “Big Charro” in the Mexican Caribbean would require a supported scenario with the essence of the artist's work, therefore this new Lifestyle Center at Tulum represents the perfect scenario to frame Laposse message.