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WAR_The Comics

Exhibition  /  OnlineOnly  /  11 Mar 2020  -  14 Mar 2020
Published: 08.04.2020
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Intro
Πόλεμος πάντων μν πατήρ στι, πάντων δ βασιλεύς.
 
When we decided "war" would be the theme of our 6th Schmuck 2020/ Munich Jewellery Week group show, we were aware that chances of a major armed conflict this year were high. It did not cross our mind though that thousands of innocent people would perish in the corona virus hecatomb nor that world leaders would call its impact on public health, economy and society "an invisible war".

Artist list

Mihaela Coman, Yonghak Jo, Marilena Karagkiozi, Ekaterina Korzh, Andy Lowrie, Nicole Maunz, Ludwig Menzel, Into Niilo, Leonidas Panourgias, Constance Marie Pretorius, Adriana Radulescu, Loukia Richards, Emily Smith, Jason Stein, Christoph Ziegler
The life-threatening pandemic forced us to postpone our show WAR_ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ originally scheduled for 11-14 March 2020 to a later date this year. Its impact on social contact will last longer than the corona virus itself, we believe. We decided to experiment with new concepts of communicating and presenting jewellery. Following Klimt02's great initiative for an online Schmuck 2020 presentation, we decided to combat social distancing by inviting readers to enter our cosmos of thoughts and emotions: the narratives behind the jewellery.
 
Jewellery is the most emotional art medium. Jewellery gifts invested with love set the milestones of personal history; jewellery heirlooms spread family traditions and legends over generations and bridge past, present and future. Comics are considered to be a "film made of paper". Before shooting a film, directors draw the scenes of their movie, the dialogues, the cuts and the camera positions just like a comic book on paper!
 
The comics WAR participants have drawn during their home isolation add insight to their jewellery and are a trailer of their reflections.
 
A long time ago, Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus stated: "War is the father of all and king of all; and some he shows as gods, others as men, some he makes slaves, others free." Our comics presentation project abolished the boundaries of art genres, gave wings to our phantasy and liberated us from fear of inaction.

Enjoy!
Comic Title: 1942 Journal Of An Aviator In The Eastern Front, Drawing & Photo: Adriana Radulescu.
Comic Title: 1942 Journal Of An Aviator In The Eastern Front, Drawing & Photo: Adriana Radulescu

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Adriana Radulescu. Necklace: They gave me a medal, 2020. Cast white bronze, patina, cast resin, silver wire, linen cord.. 20 x 20 x 20 cm. Photo by: Adriana Radulescu. Adriana Radulescu
Necklace: They gave me a medal, 2020
Cast white bronze, patina, cast resin, silver wire, linen cord.
20 x 20 x 20 cm
Photo by: Adriana Radulescu
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Comic Title: Seasaw, Drawing & Photo: Emily Smith.
Comic Title: Seasaw, Drawing & Photo: Emily Smith

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Emily Smith. Ring: Seasaw Ring, 2020. Metal. Photo by: Emily Smith. Statement: Kindness and compassion can go a long way!
. With this project, I endeavoured to bring the positives to light. Despite the countless struggles of the world, a little kindness and compassion can indeed go a long way. If history has taught us anything, it is that nothing can ever be solved through continuously perpetuating negativity, hatred and fighting. . Emily Smith
Ring: Seasaw Ring, 2020
Metal
Photo by: Emily Smith

Statement: Kindness and compassion can go a long way!
With this project, I endeavoured to bring the positives to light. Despite the countless struggles of the world, a little kindness and compassion can indeed go a long way. If history has taught us anything, it is that nothing can ever be solved through continuously perpetuating negativity, hatred and fighting. 

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Comic Title: St. Barbara, Drawing & Photo: Loukia Richards.
Comic Title: St. Barbara, Drawing & Photo: Loukia Richards

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Loukia Richards. Neckpiece: St. Barbara, 2020. Wool, textile, leather, plastic, silk, embroidery.. Photo by: Christoph Ziegler. Statement: Token of faith
. My grandfather kept a tiny St.Barbara icon in the pocket of his jacket while fighting in the Northern Epirus front during the Italian offensive against Greece in WW II (1940-41). St.Barbara might have reminded him of my grandmother who raised her glass at the family banquets to wish him well and was serving at Red Cross back home. The icon condensed memories, wishes and faith and gave him the strength to carry on.. Loukia Richards
Neckpiece: St. Barbara, 2020
Wool, textile, leather, plastic, silk, embroidery.
Photo by: Christoph Ziegler

Statement: Token of faith
My grandfather kept a tiny St.Barbara icon in the pocket of his jacket while fighting in the Northern Epirus front during the Italian offensive against Greece in WW II (1940-41). St.Barbara might have reminded him of my grandmother who raised her glass at the family banquets to wish him well and was serving at Red Cross back home. The icon condensed memories, wishes and faith and gave him the strength to carry on.

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Comic Title: Fragments, Drawing & Photo: Christoph Ziegler.
Comic Title: Fragments, Drawing & Photo: Christoph Ziegler

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Christoph Ziegler. Necklace: Fragments, 2020.  Brocken and melted toy guns, coated wire.. Photo by: Christoph Ziegler. Statement: The principle of exploitation
. The global hunger for energy and raw materials makes war an obligatory means to fulfill the promise of unlimited prosperity and to keep up the circuit of production and consumption.
. The plastic toy guns I use in the jewellery series I created for the exhibition Polemos refer both to the raw material which is the fundament of our synthetic age, and the political power system necessary to secure its exploitation.. Christoph Ziegler
Necklace: Fragments, 2020
 Brocken and melted toy guns, coated wire.
Photo by: Christoph Ziegler

Statement: The principle of exploitation
The global hunger for energy and raw materials makes war an obligatory means to fulfill the promise of unlimited prosperity and to keep up the circuit of production and consumption.
The plastic toy guns I use in the jewellery series I created for the exhibition Polemos refer both to the raw material which is the fundament of our synthetic age, and the political power system necessary to secure its exploitation.

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Comic Title: Destabilze, Drawing & Photo: Jason Stein.
Comic Title: Destabilze, Drawing & Photo: Jason Stein

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Jason Stein. Object: Tactical Acquisition Device, 2020. Sterling silver, nickel silver, US currency, found objects. 11.5 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm. Photo by: Jason Stein. Jason Stein
Object: Tactical Acquisition Device, 2020
Sterling silver, nickel silver, US currency, found objects
11.5 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm
Photo by: Jason Stein
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Comic Title:No More Heroes Anymore, Drawing & Photo: Marilena Karagkiozi.
Comic Title:No More Heroes Anymore, Drawing & Photo: Marilena Karagkiozi

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Marilena Karagkiozi. Piece: The Soldier Pendant, 2020. Pentelic white marble, plastic found object, oxidized silver chain.. 8 x 2 x 3 cm. Photo by: Marilena Karagkiozi. Statement: Rediscovering the victim in the hero
. No more Heroes anymore discusses the entanglement of human values that led to wars through time and space. It challenges the archetypal type of the self-sacrificing hero and everything that it represents. This project is an attempt to remove rigid symbols from their pedestal. Its goal is to enable real-life dialogues by rediscovering the victim in the hero.. Marilena Karagkiozi
Piece: The Soldier Pendant, 2020
Pentelic white marble, plastic found object, oxidized silver chain.
8 x 2 x 3 cm
Photo by: Marilena Karagkiozi

Statement: Rediscovering the victim in the hero
No more Heroes anymore discusses the entanglement of human values that led to wars through time and space. It challenges the archetypal type of the self-sacrificing hero and everything that it represents. This project is an attempt to remove rigid symbols from their pedestal. Its goal is to enable real-life dialogues by rediscovering the victim in the hero.

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Comic Title: A Modern Fairy Tale, Drawing & Photo: Constance Marie Pretorius.
Comic Title: A Modern Fairy Tale, Drawing & Photo: Constance Marie Pretorius

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Constance Marie Pretorius. Brooch: Quiet Please!, 2020. Metal, wire, fibers. Photo by: Constance Marie Pretorius. Statement: Gender Violence - Repressed War
. Using crochet techniques that represent the female essence, I create my protection, my restraints. Together with traditional jewellery making techniques, the struggle to conquer fear becomes physical in the creation of the works.. Constance Marie Pretorius
Brooch: Quiet Please!, 2020
Metal, wire, fibers
Photo by: Constance Marie Pretorius

Statement: Gender Violence - Repressed War
Using crochet techniques that represent the female essence, I create my protection, my restraints. Together with traditional jewellery making techniques, the struggle to conquer fear becomes physical in the creation of the works.

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Comic Title:  The Daily Struggle To Survive During Communism, A Battle I Witnessed, Drawing & Photo:  Mihaela Coman .
Comic Title:  The Daily Struggle To Survive During Communism, A Battle I Witnessed, Drawing & Photo:  Mihaela Coman 

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Mihaela Coman. Bracelet: The Burden Of The Past, People Queing For Food, 2019. Copper, brass. Photo by: Mihaela Coman. Statement:  How was it?
. How was it? I'm often asked. We were equals in a prison, in misery. It was humiliating and absurd. After these 30 years since the Communism fell, my jewellery collection tells the story of the daily life, the daily queues, of the people living in their small and cold, concrete apartments and thinking all the time of how to get some food, hot water, toilet paper, gas, books, light, films, music, coffee, ...soap.... Mihaela Coman
Bracelet: The Burden Of The Past, People Queing For Food, 2019
Copper, brass
Photo by: Mihaela Coman

Statement:  How was it?
How was it? I'm often asked. We were equals in a prison, in misery. It was humiliating and absurd. After these 30 years since the Communism fell, my jewellery collection tells the story of the daily life, the daily queues, of the people living in their small and cold, concrete apartments and thinking all the time of how to get some food, hot water, toilet paper, gas, books, light, films, music, coffee, ...soap...

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Comic Title: The Legend of King Arthur, Photo & Drawing:  Into Niilo.
Comic Title: The Legend of King Arthur, Photo & Drawing:  Into Niilo

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Into Niilo. Body piece: Tatooed Pregnant Belly, 2020. Nickelized copper, stainless steel, silver . Photo by: Vladimir Kotov.  Cuirass 
. 
. Statement: Armory
. For the Polemos exhibition I have created a shoulder and a neck piece, and a cuirass in the form of a pregnant belly with the remains of bulging tattoos. This is a surreal twist because I created "armory", using modern technics with tattoos that should remind about battle scars and ornaments of original medieval armory.​. Into Niilo
Body piece: Tatooed Pregnant Belly, 2020
Nickelized copper, stainless steel, silver 
Photo by: Vladimir Kotov

 Cuirass 

Statement: Armory
For the Polemos exhibition I have created a shoulder and a neck piece, and a cuirass in the form of a pregnant belly with the remains of bulging tattoos. This is a surreal twist because I created "armory", using modern technics with tattoos that should remind about battle scars and ornaments of original medieval armory.​

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Comic Title: War. The Outer Expression Of Inner State, Drawing & Photo: Nicole Maunz.
Comic Title: War. The Outer Expression Of Inner State, Drawing & Photo: Nicole Maunz

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Nicole Maunz. Body piece: Untitled, 2016. Textile. Photo by: Nicole Maunz. Statement: Inner conflict
. Conscious feeling, non-judgmental observation and recognizing the projection mechanisms is like a kind of liberation from an inner prison. Or, as Albert Einstein put it, a liberation from a kind of optical illusion of consciousness, in which a human experiences himself as separate from himself, from his thoughts and feelings and ultimately as separate from everyone else.. Nicole Maunz
Body piece: Untitled, 2016
Textile
Photo by: Nicole Maunz

Statement: Inner conflict
Conscious feeling, non-judgmental observation and recognizing the projection mechanisms is like a kind of liberation from an inner prison. Or, as Albert Einstein put it, a liberation from a kind of optical illusion of consciousness, in which a human experiences himself as separate from himself, from his thoughts and feelings and ultimately as separate from everyone else.

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Comic Title: Loot of Peace, Drawing & Photo: Leonidas Panourgias.
Comic Title: Loot of Peace, Drawing & Photo: Leonidas Panourgias

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Leonidas Panourgias. Object: Agios Georgios, 2020. Wood. Photo by: Leonidas Panourgias. Statement: An unpunished crime against humanity
. "On June 10, 1944, for over two hours, Waffen-SS troops of the 2nd company, I/7 battalion, 4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Division (...) went door to door and massacred Greek civilians as part of "savage reprisals" for a partisan attack upon the unit's convoy. "(Source: Wikipedia)
. The grandfather and other relatives of Leonidas Panourgias were murdered in Distomo. Panourgias engraved "St.George - Distomo" to commemorate one of the most atrocious and unrepentant crimes against humanity Germany committed during WWII - a crime that still remains unpunished.. Leonidas Panourgias
Object: Agios Georgios, 2020
Wood
Photo by: Leonidas Panourgias

Statement: An unpunished crime against humanity
"
On June 10, 1944, for over two hours, Waffen-SS troops of the 2nd company, I/7 battalion, 4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Division (...) went door to door and massacred Greek civilians as part of "savage reprisals" for a partisan attack upon the unit's convoy. "(Source: Wikipedia)
The grandfather and other relatives of Leonidas Panourgias were murdered in Distomo. Panourgias engraved "St.George - Distomo" to commemorate one of the most atrocious and unrepentant crimes against humanity Germany committed during WWII - a crime that still remains unpunished.

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