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Ajavahe. Time Difference at the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial

Exhibition  /  22 Apr 2017  -  23 Jul 2017
Published: 21.06.2017
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design
Merike Alber

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Artist from 19 countries were invited to reflect on the concept of time at the main exhibition of 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial held in Tallinn, Estonia from 22 April to 23 July, 2017. Almost a third of the works displayed at the exhibition are created by jewellery artists.

Artist list

Hilde A Danielsen, Naama Agassi, Ulla Ahola, Monika Auch, Beverly Ayling-Smith, Sofia Björkman, Chloe Brenan, Lin Chang-Rong, Eunmi Chun, Sara Chyan, Johanna Dahm, Patrícia Domingues, Jurgita Erminaitė-Šimkuvienė, Sabin Garea, Ellen Grieg, Adam Grinovich, Adam Grinovich, Dainis Gudovskis, Kay Guo, Anita Hanch-Hansen, Maarit Helistvee, Nils Hint, Nils Hint, Trine Hovden, Rainer Kaasik-Aaslav, Katrin Kabun, Pille Kaleviste, Annika Kedelauk, Joshua Kosker, Eero Kotli, Riikka Latva-Somppi, Thérèse Lebrun, Krista Leesi, Jaakko Leeve, Ivo Lill, Nanna Melland, Johanne Ness, Aet Ollisaar, Hanne Overland, Yuka Oyama, Ruudt Peters, Annika Pettersson, Annelies Planteijdt, Villu Plink, Silja Saarepuu, Debra Sloan, Céline Sylvestre, Edu Tarin, Octave Vandeweghe, Tanel Veenre, Estela Saez Vilanova, Lin Wang, Hedvig Winge, Kiyoshi Yamamoto, Felieke van der Leest
Alongside jewellery, the exhibition includes ceramics, glass, textile and blacksmithing. The subjective nature of a person’s sense of time is examined through traditional and smaller formats, as well as video and large-scale installations. In total 49 works are displayed, chosen out of 256 submissions by an international jury (André Gali, Eija Mustonen, Keiu Krikmann, Sarah Gilbert, Eik Hermann).

The Grand Prix of the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial was awarded to Belgian artist Octave Vandeweghe for his series of objects “Cultured Manners”. The second place went to Villu Plink and Silja Saarepuu from Estonia (video “Carpet”) and the third prize was won by Lithuanian artists Jurgita Erminaité-Šimkuviené (amber flypaper “It’s Only a Question of Time”).
The chairwoman of the Triennial, jewellery artist Merle Kasonen says time is central to the concept of applied art in many ways, yet in its universality is something we all can relate to. “Everyone is constantly in a hurry, there is so much information surrounding us and this inevitably leads to tiresome superficiality,” Kasonen explains. “On the other hand, processes are faster and more effective than ever before, so the question is more about the need to find a balance. I hope the exhibition manages to offer new and unexpected point of views and through that, reflect on how we use our time.”
Sofia Björkman. Brooch: Wooden Bones, 2016. Wood, silver. 17 x 6 x 4 cm. From series: Wooden Bones. Sofia Björkman
Brooch: Wooden Bones, 2016
Wood, silver
17 x 6 x 4 cm
From series: Wooden Bones
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Patrícia Domingues. Necklace: Geo & Imagination, 2016. Necuron, steel thread, steel. 20 x 20 x 3 cm. Patrícia Domingues
Necklace: Geo & Imagination, 2016
Necuron, steel thread, steel
20 x 20 x 3 cm
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Ruudt Peters. Brooch: IAM “terram 2015”, 1976 - 2015. Goldplated silver, RenShape, gold leaf. 12 x 5 x 9 cm. From series: IAM. Ruudt Peters
Brooch: IAM “terram 2015”, 1976 - 2015
Goldplated silver, RenShape, gold leaf
12 x 5 x 9 cm
From series: IAM
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Annelies Planteydt. Necklace: Beautiful City - Gold Crystals (2), 2015. Gold, tantalum. 18 x 27 cm. Annelies Planteydt
Necklace: Beautiful City - Gold Crystals (2), 2015
Gold, tantalum
18 x 27 cm
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Exhibition view.
Exhibition view

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