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Rings for Planet Earth

Exhibition  /  14 Feb 2009  -  07 Mar 2009
Published: 02.02.2009
Alternatives gallery
Management:
Rita Marcangelo
Lucia Massei. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Gold, silver. Lucia Massei
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Gold, silver
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Intro
"Rings for Planet Earth" is not just an exhibition of contemporary jewellery, but also a time to reflect on an issue that inevitably concerns us all, our habits and behaviour.
The exhibition, curated by the Japanese designer Akiko Ban, has been conceived as a touring exhibition in order to be able to increase awareness on the subject. Tokyo was the first city to host the exhibition, with a strong impact on those from the jewellery world, art lovers and the press. This goes to show that environmental issues are perceived as increasingly imperative and can no longer be postponed.

Why the choice of using jewellery to draw attention to a subject that is so crucial to our lives? For two simple reasons; firstly because we are talking of the Earth, a unique natural jewel in itself, and secondly because jewellery is expression of our inner feelings, our moments of joy but also our fears.

Amongst all jewels, the ring is unquestionably the one that best symbolizes union, a promise of an indissoluble bond. Just as a ring is given to a loved one, fourteen internationally renowned jewellery designers have been asked to dedicate a ring to the profound attachment that inevitably exists between man and his planet. Our planet may be considered precious, to be protected and loved, as it is our present and future home.

Fourteen different interpretations of our planet, fourteen different reasons to wear the same object; a ring and finally fourteen different ways to share the same feeling.

This small gesture may not change the world, but it will at least help to remind us of how inescapably the destiny of one depends on the other. 

Akiko Ban. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Mixed media. Akiko Ban
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Mixed media
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Yu-Chun Chen. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Mixed media. Yu-Chun Chen
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Mixed media
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Claudia Cucchi. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Mixed media. Claudia Cucchi
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Mixed media
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Jantje Fleischhut. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Mixed media. Jantje Fleischhut
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Mixed media
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Azusa Fukawa. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Mixed media. Azusa Fukawa
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Mixed media
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Azusa Fukawa. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Mixed meia. Azusa Fukawa
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Mixed meia
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Mari Ishikawa. Ring: moonlight shadow, 2008. Silver, gold. Mari Ishikawa
Ring: moonlight shadow, 2008
Silver, gold
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Doris Maninger. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Mixed media. Doris Maninger
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Mixed media
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Rita Marcangelo. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Mixed media. Rita Marcangelo
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Mixed media
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Stefano Marchetti. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Gold. Stefano Marchetti
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Gold
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Shunichiro Nakashima. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Mixed media. Shunichiro Nakashima
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Mixed media
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Carla Nuis. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Silver. Carla Nuis
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Silver
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Gitte Nygaard. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Mixed media. Gitte Nygaard
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Mixed media
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Karin Seufert. Ring: Untitled, 2008. Silver. Karin Seufert
Ring: Untitled, 2008
Silver
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