Gothenburg Schmuckalized

Published: 17.10.2014
Sanna Svedestedt Carboo, Karin Roy Andersson Sanna Svedestedt Carboo, Karin Roy Andersson
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It felt like the Munich Schmuck-week, right here in the north.
In September, we were walking around with a slight feeling of disorientation. During one week, in conjunction with the two day seminar New Adventures in Jewellery, there were 13 art jewellery exhibitions happening simultaneously in Gothenburg along with an extensive seminar program, performances and other events! It felt like the Munich Schmuck-week, right here in the north.

The exhibition programme of New Adventures in Jewellery actually started in May and it is running until mid November. Here are some shots from what has been going on in town.

Running around town with the exhibition programme.

Exhibition “Hello, I am Jewellery by Mah Rana”
  Mah Rana did a continuation of her project Meanings & Attachments on three locations in Gothenburg.
Here with students from HDK Jewellery Art Department.
Mechanical paper piece by Charlotte Maslov / SAK SAMMA

Exhibition “Garaget” curated by Tore Svensson featuring Charlotte Maslov,
Hanna Liljenberg, Klara Brynge, Mikael Sellersjö & Åsa Christensson

To make order” performance by Sanna Lindholm & Pia Gyll

Märta Mattsson “The Sweet Perfume of Decay”, Sintra.
19-20th September the New Adventures in Jewellery Seminar took place at HDK and offered an interesting, dynamic program. Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Susan Pietzsch, Mah Rana, Damian Skinner and Claudia Betancourt & Nano Pulgar from Walka Studio were the invited keynote speakers. To top that off the organizatory team had held an open call for 10 minutes spots in the program. For the open call four presenters were selected: Carla Castiajo, Gemma Draper, Anvita Jain Kriz and Bórax08001 (Carolina Gimeno & Nelly Van Oost).

Damian Skinner was sharp as always and gave the most provoking speech, offering a new point of view on the field of art jewelry by placing the wearer in focus. He also painted a clear image of how the history of art jewelry has been distorted in the history books due to eurocentrism in the field.

Damian Skinner

It was very interesting to hear Anvita Jain from project Bawra talk about the jewelry scene in India, one of the worlds biggest producers of commercial and traditional jewellery.  Ursula Illse Neuman gave us a portrait of the history of photography used in the world of art jewellery. She introduced interesting artists and pieces and the lecture included many american artists that were new to our still quite euro centrated eyes.

Carolina Gimeno & Nelly Van Oost

Carolina Gimeno & Nelly Van Oost from Bórax08001 talked about  their project “Jewellery Displaced “with live jewellery interventions in the streets. The team spoke from from a strong point of view that art jewellery is supposed to be experienced by people, watching, touching and wearing and that jewellery belongs on the body.
“It is necessary to spread the word about what we are doing in a larger perspective. The goal of Borax is to provoke awareness and get more people loving what we are doing".  At the end of the talk Bórax08001 presented a short clip from their new movie presenting the intervention in Paris 2013, check it out.

Our contribution to the New Adventure satellite program was the art project and group exhibition United States of Sweden. A peculiar name perhaps? Well, this exhibition is in a way a continuation of the project “ A Pieceful Swedish Smörgåsbord” that we did in 2011.

As jewelers our background, hometown and heritage are prominent sources of inspiration. When we got the offer to make a show during “New Adventures in Jewellery” it felt natural to dig deeper into this theme. We joined forces with with three of our colleagues; Pernilla Persson, Hanna Liljenberg and Linnéa Eriksson. From a viewers point, we are a homogeneous group - trained in the same school, same age, female and closely connected to the regions where we grew up and now all living in Gothenburg. Still we have different languages and styles in what we make.

Ok, but what about the new adventures part of this? New Adventures in Jewellery had the mission to investigate new ways of working with jewellery and how the field can benefit by taking influences from other fields of the arts. We decided that we were going to do a traditional exhibition in a gallery space and show jewellery inspired by nature. You can’t really get more traditional than that in Nordic art jewellery, so what were we thinking? To a lot of people art jewellery is a “new adventure”, being the unknown artfield that it is. We went for a hands on approach. We selected a group of 30 people that we didn’t know but we thought would have a latent interest in art jewellery because of their profession and social engagement. We wrote them a letter inviting them, together with a friend, to an evening of art jewellery, wine, food and mingle in the gallery. We wrote the cards by hand for the personal touch, kissed the envelopes goodbye and hoped for the best when we sent them off. Then we waited. No reply. Well that is not exactly true, we did get three replies from people that couldn’t come. Other than that, silence. You might ask us what we expected when intruding into strangers lifes like that, asking them to take time out of their busy lives. We contacted people that were beyond our social network, with no natural connection to us. There was nothing to assure them that this would not be just a few spoiled hours and there was no “social responsibility” to come. However, we are glad we tried it. Now it is back to the drawing board to plot our next step to increase the interest in craft and art jewellery.


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Diagonal is a collaboration between Karin Roy Andersson & Sanna Svedestedt. Our focus is to promote contemporary art jewellery. With this blog we share our views & thoughts to take you with us through the ups & downs of our jewellery adventures.