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War

Exhibition  /  05 Nov 2020  -  08 Nov 2020
Published: 02.03.2020
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Intro
Πόλεμος πάντων μὲν πατήρ ἐστι, πάντων δὲ βασιλεύς.
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.
/ Heraclitus

This exhibition was originally held during MJW2020, it's now postponed for the new schedule in November 2020.

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 project is funded by the City of Munich.

Weapons and jewellery are more connected to each other than most people think; metallurgy and goldsmithing, two crafts developed in Copper Age Europe, contributed to establishing social hierarchies. In archaic societies, weapons and jewellery are objects guaranteeing real or talismanic protection and reflecting prestige and power. Possessing knowledge, wisdom, kindness - immaterial assets praised by innumerable myths and doctrines in all cultures - can, nevertheless, turn any leader mastering the art of war and magic into a pacifist or ascete!

The exhibition project WAR-ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ focuses on and examines rituals, symbols, objects and practices connected to real or symbolical conflicts and battles – past or present. Participants present jewellery, objects and performances inspired by WWII and the post-war division of Europe, communism and Cold War, militarism, the dramatic consequences of Korean war, the massacre of innocent civilians in the Greek town of Distomo, social control and suppression, the 1974 Cyprus refugees ongoing tragedy, decoration and depression, religion as a destructive force, patriotism and disillusioned heroes, the inescapable environmental trap of our lifestyle, passive resistance and active hope, family oppression, humiliation and gender conflict; works also focus on faith, forgiveness and gratitude as the antidote to hate and nihilism.

True stories lie behind most of the artworks exhibited; and for many participants, the process of creating these ornaments and objects has amounted to personal catharsis.

The year 2020 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II when civilization resisted barbarism. This is reason enough to choose the topic of war for our Schmuck show. The war and refugee inferno in the Middle East, as well as the increasing brutality in all aspects of daily life in our (so-called) civilized world, gives us reason to ask ourselves:

Is our way of living indeed war-proof or is the safe shelter we have worked hard to build just an illusion?
 
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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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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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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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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Andy Lowrie. Brooch: Cut Bend #5, 2019. Brass, steel, enamel paint.. 16 x 10.5 x 4 cm. Photo by: Terry Brown. Andy Lowrie
Brooch: Cut Bend #5, 2019
Brass, steel, enamel paint.
16 x 10.5 x 4 cm
Photo by: Terry Brown
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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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Ludwig Menzel. Object: The Beirut Egg, 2018. Silvercast. ø 10 cm, H: 15.5 cm. Photo by: Jürgen Baumann. Ludwig Menzel
Object: The Beirut Egg, 2018
Silvercast
ø 10 cm, H: 15.5 cm
Photo by: Jürgen Baumann
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