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Designers in Residence in Pforzheim 2021

Exhibition  /  ArtistInResidence  /  02 Jul 2021  -  18 Jul 2021
Published: 05.07.2021
Designers in Residence in Pforzheim 2021.
EMMA Kreativzentrum
Management:
Alexandra Vogt
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Intro
»Designers in Residence« is an international scholarship program of Pforzheim for young designers from the fields of jewelry, fashion, accessory, and industrial design, which is announced annually in cooperation with Pforzheim University and the Design Center Baden-Württemberg. A total of three scholarships are awarded by the jury. From April to June 2021, the scholarship holders worked on their projects. Despite all the difficulties and the physical separation, the result is a joint exhibition by the three fellows. Each room opens up a world in which visitors can trace their experiences as a queer child, their search for their own identity in the midst of prejudices and role expectations, or discover a place created from decontextualized materials and forms from New York streets.

Artist list

Marina Aleksashina, Naama Levite, Caio Mahin
Designers in Residence- scholarship holders:
Marina Aleksashina,
Fashion designRussia​. Project: Playground Hazards.
Marina's project deals with the social pressure that weighs on one in the phase of growing up and in the search for one's own identity, and the feeling that all roles in society have already been assigned. The objects, which were built on the principle of a large plush toy - the first things through which a child learns about the world and its rules are similar to an airbag and interact with the human body. A person in these objects begins to feel his body differently, he bends unnaturally and feels the weight of the toy. The main idea was to create a kit for adults that would bring back the feelings of childhood in The installation, which is an integral part of the project.

Naama Levite,  Jewelry design, Israel\ NY. Project: Matter to Dust.
Naama's way of work is reactive - she observes, documents, and collects. Looking for moments and patterns from which she can draw. In this act of displacement, she takes things out of their “natural” environment - the documentation of spaces is framed from her perspective and thus torn out of context. Parts and materials that she collects are dismantled and reassembled in relation to materials from other locations. she uses forms that imply a utilitarian purpose and suggests events or a ritual. The sandpit is a liminal environment, a poetic reference to the game and the sublime. Bit by bit she's building a place, a new terrain with several places and interactions at once.

Caio Mahin, Jewelry design​Brazilian based in Lisbon. Project: The Boy Who Wanted To Get His Ears Pierced.
Most of his works are based on childhood trauma, so of course elements from this period appear: puppet parts are combined with primitive shapes, humorous elements, and organic materials to deal with complex topics. his works are teeming with human-like forms that often question duality: sex and naivety, male and female, cute and angry, and so on.
Another element from childhood that affected his work is fairy tales, as cultural themes like racism and sexism are often based on fairy tales. his goal is to open a politicized look at these stories by showing how they affect adult behavior, but also to overcome and twist narratives that often exclude non-normative bodies or turn them into obscure ones Way represents. In doing so, German folk tales have proven to be a great contribution to my canon, as have old toys, the mechanisms of which create clear narratives.

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Thursday- Saturday: 15:00- 19:00
Sunday: 11:00-19:00
 Fashion designer Marina Aleksashina from Russia​. Photo: Benedikt Adler..
 Fashion designer Marina Aleksashina from Russia​. Photo: Benedikt Adler.

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Marina Aleksashina. Installation: Playground Hazards, 2021. Marina Aleksashina
Installation: Playground Hazards, 2021
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Marina Aleksashina. Installation: Playground Hazards, 2021. Marina Aleksashina
Installation: Playground Hazards, 2021
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Jewelery designer Naama Levite in her Studio, New York..
Jewelery designer Naama Levite in her Studio, New York.

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Naama Levite. Necklace: Matter to Dust, 2021. Naama Levite
Necklace: Matter to Dust, 2021
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Naama Levite. Object: Matter to Dust, 2021. Naama Levite
Object: Matter to Dust, 2021
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Jewelry designer Ciao Mahin while working on his pieces of jewelry..
Jewelry designer Ciao Mahin while working on his pieces of jewelry.

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Caio Mahin. Ring: The Boy Who Wanted To Get His Ears Pierced, 2021. Caio Mahin
Ring: The Boy Who Wanted To Get His Ears Pierced, 2021
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Caio Mahin. Brooch:  The Boy Who Wanted To Get His Ears Pierced, 2021. Caio Mahin
Brooch:  The Boy Who Wanted To Get His Ears Pierced, 2021
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Exhibition venue.
Exhibition venue

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Caio Mahin, The Boy Who Wanted To Get His Ears Pierced, Exhibition venue. Photographer: Benedikt Adler.
Caio Mahin, The Boy Who Wanted To Get His Ears Pierced, Exhibition venue. Photographer: Benedikt Adler

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