Review about TALENTE at Handwerk & Design 2019

Published: 22.04.2019
Carolin Denter Carolin Denter
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Works from 11 different disciplines by 103 young designers from 30 countries: That was the special show TALENTE 2019. Glass, stone, wood, ceramics, leather, metal, paper, textiles, furniture and jewelery - the special show is an international competition of young craftsmen in design and technology and refelects the of young people, characterized by an experimental use of materials and craft techniques. The best of them were awarded the TALENTE prizes.
As mentioned above, Talente is a competition for newcomers in design and technology. It takes place annually as a special show of the International Trade Fair Munich at the new Munich Exhibition Grounds. The special show is intended to give young people the opportunity to present new innovative ideas to a public audience.

  • A sneak peek in numbers:
The special show TALENTE had about 100 participants from 30 countries and 11 disciplines have been represented.

This year we could see a broad variety of works by the young designers. But already since 1979, the organizers have been working together with craft training institutions, academies, universities and arts and crafts organizations all over the world, who propose the best of their country for application. The worldwide network guarantees a unique view on trends and questions, which are announced with the boys in handicraft and technology. Visitors can familiarize themselves with the next generation of designers.
The focus of the show is on work that shines through its formal and technical originality and technical perfection, and is ahead of its time.
Many young designers see Talente as a chance to present their works in an exclusive and highly renowned environment to legions of visitors. For the newcomer, the competition is often the beginning of an artistic career. Their contributions reflect the development of their artistic language or technique while illustrating a special type of work and the topics that s/he is currently involved in. The works are usually never older than 2 years, so what is on show, gives us a good view to the immediate state of emotions of the young artist.
Now I am happy to share some of the extraordinary works from the winning, and not winning artists of Talente 2019. More than in the last years, my attention was brought to the textile and ceramics.

Lets start with the interesting work of Barbora Tydlitàtovà. Her Bottles are made from glass, and blown freely into a shape, the surface is treated with chemicals. Her research bases on Alchemy and shows her deep interest on this topic. The choice of colour, black, shape and making of the bottles, are stongly connected to the ancient alchemist believes. For all of you who have never dealt with Alchemy: Nigredo, or blackness, in the alchemical sense, means putrefaction, decomposition. By the penetration of the external fire, the inner fire is activated and the matter starts to putrefy. The body is reduced to its primal matter from which it originally arose. This process is also called ‘cooking’. The black earth is closed up in a vessel or flask, and heated. Psychologically, nigredo is a process of directing oneself to find self-knowledge. A problem is given full attention and reduced to its core. Especially by feeling the emotions.

Bottles "Povrchnì" made from glass; Photo by Zdenek Sebesta.

The next young talent to introduce you, is Ida Olesdatter Barland, who showed an installation of ceramics at Talente. The installation is called "Til Bordet", which means "to the table" or "dinner is ready". And i have to say, i am in love with this non functional set. The still life of vessels, cutlery and other things, make the table look surreal. All elemts of this set show off every single step of work, cracks and fingerprints. The pink glue brings attention to the flaws. Reminding of place settings, cutlery and basically looking like a table ready to have dinner on, the viewer sees after a while, that the artist denies this expereince to us. Some of the pieces are too thin, have no bottom or are decorated with thorns.

"Til Bordet" installation by Ida Olesdatter Barland from Norway; photo by Lena Walton Herfindal.

Alberte Tranberg from Denmark works on the topic of home. On the first sight, i was not sure about, how interesting the works look for me. Not so much colour, sized smaller than a sheet of paper and simple, almost rigid and strict. Her Material of choice is Steel, something what normally appears cold or is used for safety in our urban enviroments. Hearing the story behind, i fell in love with this work from Albertem which is called "Portrait". She deals with our basic needs and wishes, getting inspired from urban environments and design. She describes her home as a room, which is filled by everyday routines and objects, based on cultural habits and ideals. In her opinion, the architecture of a place is strongly connected, or even influences the perception of our psychologival, inner room, which vice versa influences the archtiectural room around us. The holes in her works, are the only connection, the remaining part of us as a human in this enviroment.

"Portraits" by Alberte Tranberg made from Steel; Photo by Madeleine Pohfal.

One of the two selected artist working with paper, impressed me by the playful simplicity of her work: a book, or better said, a picturebook called "Faux-semblants" which means something like illusiveness or appearances. Malena Arrighi worked with gouache on paper and juxtaposes french and german words, which have the same sound, but a different meaning.

From the book "Faux-semblants" by Malena Arrighi, here the words "Barbe" (barbel) and "la barbe" (beard) are illustrated.

Finally we come to the jewellery selection of this years Talente. It was a difficult year for me, regarding the pieces, because there was not so much "new" or unseen, or even surprising pieces selcted. So this year, i was more interested in the concepts behind the works. Many great artists, many great works still. And one of them, i would like to introduce in the following few words. The Artist Ildikó Dánfalvi from Hungary/Germany graduated in Pforzheim and Halle and received a scholarship from Dr. Heidi Bollmann. She sees jewellery as adornment, but as well as an object with functio, giving it a protective function. She creates surfaces and chooses materials, which are really inviting to touch the pieces. Through this, she gives us a strong feeling of beauty and evokes emotions. in her works we can find the symbol of the fish, as well as symbols of female fertility. The "Venus necklace" is inspired by the cycle of a woman and consists of  31 elements. The fish symbol in thencklace underneath is a metaphor for fertility, sexuality and masculinity.

Jewellery as symbol: The necklace "Venus" is laminated on top of a portrait. Photo by the artist.

"Mars" necklace, as
counterpart to the female part.

Sarah Ordonez from mexico, currently living in Italy presented brooches made from paper. Her series has the name "Femizid" which is a mix between the word femina (woman) and cidio (homicide). With her works, which attracted me first because of their cute and funny looks, but basically she communicates her thoughts on the killing and rape of women through male individuums. According to the artists, she rises awareness for over 238.000 females killed in Mexico in the last year. The appearance of the masks, the animal faces are inspired by the ancient depiction of the jaguar, which has been praised as god and stands for protection from strangers. The usage of papier maché for her jewellery is as well inspired by tradition, the making of Pinata making in Mexico. As in her brooches, she believes that one layer of something is fragile, but if you put layer over layer, the paper, or a group of individuals, will get stronger and stronger. The colours selected have a deeper meaning too. The outside is again inspired from hte yellow of the jaguar, the pink inside represents the pink cross, the mexicans use to mark the death of a woman. The brooches are represented in groups and symbolize the amount of killed womans per day.

"VIVAS" brooches made from paper, copper and paint; Photo by Sarah Ordonez.

This year i was really impressed by some of the textile designers. One of them is Areen Hassan from Israel. She presented a series of traditionally inspired muslimic dresses and prayer rugs. She works with silk and adorns her dresses by embroidery, making knots and laddering of the textile.
Her dresses are made in a A-line to represent the abstract idea of a body. She invites us as the viewer, to follow hervision and image of the islamic culture, trough abstrction of traditional patterns, which stands for love and harmony. through destroying this patterns, she reminds us on the negative view on the islamic culture through medi. The printed patterns are inspired by prayer mats, they are telling stories about life , love and harmony. Her pieces are attractive because of this contrasts, the play of intensive colour and simple shape.

Dress, made from silk; Photo by Daniel Sheriff.

Photo from a video by the artist; exhibition display of the dresses and prayer mats.

If you would like to know more about this year's participants and the Winners of the Talente Award, please find more information under Selected artists at Talente 2019 in Munich and Talente Competition 2019 Winners.

About the author

Carolin Denter completed her vocational training as Goldsmith at Master School for Craftsmen in Kaiserslautern in 2013. 
In 2017 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Gemstone and Jewellery at University of Applied Science Trier, Campus Idar-Oberstein. After her graduation, she started working as Marketing- and Designmanagement Assistance at Campus Idar-Oberstein at the Gemstone and Jewellery Departement. Since 2015 she is working at, an online platform for the communication of contemporary jewelery. Trough articles and interviews she is developing critical subjects on the field of contemporary jewellery. Carolin is constantly working on her own jewellery, which has been exhibited among Europe.