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Walking the Gray Area: A dialog on global mobility, identities and contemporary jewellery

Exhibition  /  15 Apr 2010  -  15 May 2010
Published: 22.03.2010
Galeria Emilia Cohen
Management:
Emilia Cohen and Delmari Romero Keith
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Intro
(...) Contemporary jewellery, with its ability to create associations directly connected to specific cultural and personal settings seems to be circumscribed to a rather westernized discourse.  It has become necessary for contemporary jewellery-makers to rethink the ways they connect with others. (...)
Contemporary jewellery, with its exceptional ability to communicate and create associations directly connected to specific cultural and personal settings and backgrounds seems to be circumscribed to a rather westernized discourse. It has become necessary for contemporary jewellery-makers to rethink the ways they connect with others.
 
40 artists, from an uncertain total number of  involved countries, take a walk on the gray area and explore,  through the already ambiguous field of contemporary jewellery,  issues related to global mobility, identity and territories in dispersion and the way they perceive and have been affected by this phenomena during their rambling around the world.
Walking the Gray Area is a collective, comissioned exhibition curated by Valeria Siemelink and Andrea Wagner, that bring together 20 Latin American and 20 European jewellery makers and artists who ocationally work with jewellery as a medium, into a dialogue about jewellery, global mobility, contemporary identities and its personal and/or collective implications.

The curators of Walking the Gray Area, selected each 20 artists from their respective continents:  Latin America and Europe. The artists were individually selected based on their artistic excellence, technical abilities and creative response to various subjects. As a collective, the group was conformed based on the on the tensions between their discourses and practices, their varied and experimental approach in the use of materials and techniques and on the rich possibilities that lay on the exchange among them. There is, however, one thing that all the invited artists have in common: like the curators, they are or have all been migrants; born in one place, living, working or studying in another one.

The artists work in couples and were paired randomly: the names of the Latin American artists were written on a piece of paper, which was folded and placed in a bowl. The same was done with the names of the European artists. The curators had fun taking turns to pick a name from one bowl and pairing it with a name from the other bowl. 20 couples were formed and, for the last six months they carried out a dialogue through the pages of a weblog specially created for this purpose. The artists conducted their dialogues in ways they find interesting or relevant: exchanging conversations, stories, images and even materials. Besides their periodical postings in the blog, the artists exchanged letters and parcels through the post, organized Skype sessions, phoned and even meet in person. The weblog has allowed the artists to reach a diverse, distant and growing audience, having attracted over 10 thousand visitors from nearly 90 countries.

Through the exchange both artists and curators aimed to respond to a variety of questions: How do they respond to changing definitions of mobility, locality, globalism, migration?  How do the changing conceptions of identities relate to their being and practice? How do they reconcile their roots with their routes? What kind of exchange can take place between artists from areas of the world where contemporary jewellery is perceived and dealt with in such different ways? How can they relate to and diverse, moving, fast changing audience?

Walking the Gray Area will premiere at Galeria Emilia Cohen in Mexico City, within the frame of the Gray Area Symposium Mexico 2010.

Remarks

Opening: 
Thursday 15th April 2010 19:30 hrs.
Dani Soter. Piece: Germinal. Coal, gold, stone, cooper, polymer mass, glass, mirror, water, linen. Dani, SoterPiece: GerminalCoal, gold, stone, cooper, polymer mass, glass, mirror, water, linen. Dani Soter
Piece: Germinal
Coal, gold, stone, cooper, polymer mass, glass, mirror, water, linen


Dani, Soter
Piece: Germinal
Coal, gold, stone, cooper, polymer mass, glass, mirror, water, linen

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Carolina Hornauer. Necklace: El Coleccionista / The Collector, 2010. Hair, cotton, fresh water pearls, patina, steel, cooper, enamel, magnets, burnt wood, silver, stone. Carolina Hornauer
Necklace: El Coleccionista / The Collector, 2010
Hair, cotton, fresh water pearls, patina, steel, cooper, enamel, magnets, burnt wood, silver, stone
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Telma Aviani. Piece: Untitled, 2010. Resin, cotton. Telma, AvianiPiece: 2010Resin, cotton. Telma Aviani
Piece: Untitled, 2010
Resin, cotton


Telma, Aviani
Piece: 2010
Resin, cotton

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Francisca Kweitel. Piece: Casa-Cuerpo, 2010. Oxidized bronze, silver, paper, leather. Francisca Kweitel
Piece: Casa-Cuerpo, 2010
Oxidized bronze, silver, paper, leather
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Alejandra Solar. Piece: Untitled, 2010. Wood, print, cotton. Alejandra, SolarPiece: 2010Wood, print, cottonPendants. Alejandra Solar
Piece: Untitled, 2010
Wood, print, cotton


Alejandra, Solar
Piece: 2010
Wood, print, cotton
Pendants
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Mirla Fernandes. Piece: Riv Anda Hit, 2010. Latex, pigments. Mirla Fernandes
Piece: Riv Anda Hit, 2010
Latex, pigments
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Ineke Heerkens. Piece: Blossom of Amsterdam, 2010. Steel, PE. Ineke Heerkens
Piece: Blossom of Amsterdam, 2010
Steel, PE
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Karin Seufert. Piece: 9 Brooches, 2010. PVC, cotton, steel, silver
. Karin Seufert
Piece: 9 Brooches, 2010
PVC, cotton, steel, silver

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Andrea Wagner. Piece: Greener Grass on the Other Side?, 2010. Silver, papier-mach?, paint?. Andrea Wagner
Piece: Greener Grass on the Other Side?, 2010
Silver, papier-mach?, paint?
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Nelli Tanner. Piece: Carrying Arround, 2010. Metal, birch, thread, needle
. Nelli Tanner
Piece: Carrying Arround, 2010
Metal, birch, thread, needle

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Sebastian Buescher. Piece: Untitled, 2010. Mixed media. Sebastian, BuescherPiece: 2010Mixed media. Sebastian Buescher
Piece: Untitled, 2010
Mixed media


Sebastian, Buescher
Piece: 2010
Mixed media

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Peter Hoogeboom. Necklace: Pi, 2010. Ceramics, nylon, alpaca, gold leaf. Peter Hoogeboom
Necklace: Pi, 2010
Ceramics, nylon, alpaca, gold leaf
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Agnieszka Knap. Necklace: The Grass is Not Greener on the Other Side of the Fence, 2010. Silver, copper, enamel. Agnieszka Knap
Necklace: The Grass is Not Greener on the Other Side of the Fence, 2010
Silver, copper, enamel
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Miguel Luciano. Piece: Third Eye Indigo Blue, 2010. Acrylic, enamel, resin. Miguel Luciano
Piece: Third Eye Indigo Blue, 2010
Acrylic, enamel, resin
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Helena Biermann Angel. Piece: Sabor a Ti, 2010. Glass vials, fruit seeds, gold, quartz, cotton, wooden box. Set of pendants. Helena Biermann Angel
Piece: Sabor a Ti, 2010
Glass vials, fruit seeds, gold, quartz, cotton, wooden box
Set of pendants
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Theri Tolvanen. Brooch: Chenonceau, 2010. Cherry wood, paint, beads, gold, silver. Theri Tolvanen
Brooch: Chenonceau, 2010
Cherry wood, paint, beads, gold, silver
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Christoph Zellweger. Piece: Chain Classic, 2010. Clay from different regions, cord. From the series Plug-ins and Add-ons. Christoph Zellweger
Piece: Chain Classic, 2010
Clay from different regions, cord
From the series Plug-ins and Add-ons
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Valentina Rosenthal. Piece: Trading Cities, 2010. Silver, wood, nails, glass, porcelain, bronz, mirror, enamel. Necklaces. Valentina Rosenthal
Piece: Trading Cities, 2010
Silver, wood, nails, glass, porcelain, bronz, mirror, enamel
Necklaces
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