Fabiana Gadano

Published: 19.10.2021


Fabiana Gadano is an Argentinian artist and teacher based in Buenos Aires.  After obtaining her degree in Argentina in 1989, Gadano moved to New York where she studied Raising Metals at School of Visual Arts.  Gadano returned to Buenos Aires to continue her studies in traditional jewellery at Master Sarquis's from 1993 to 1998 and contemporary jewellery at Master Castañón's workshop from 1999 to 2004.  Gadano has participated in collective exhibitions in both national and international galleries including Velvet da Vinci, Galeria Pladi, Museo Yrurtia and Tienda Malba. Her work has also featured in publications by Lark Editions and Promo Press.  Gadano identifies herself as an industrial designer focused on contemporary jewellery.


Planet pendants: 
This is a collection of four pendants developed during Covid 2020 lockdown. It is an exploration of feelings, concepts and transformation of recycled PET plastic bottles.
Planet Earth, 2020. I think about the new conditions of life. I think about the new reality that surrounds us. I think of my plans and desires tending to fall apart and desperately try to embrace them and keep them on the move.
I think of a planet in an emergency. I think of oceans with islands of plastic. I think of endangered sea that embraces what it receives.
I think of other vulnerable beings. Endless lines of migrants. Storms, eddies. Darkness. I think of solidarity.
I think of the captain's spyglass scanning the horizon. I think of landless human beings trapped in the violent mess of immigration policies.
And I also think of the porthole of a ship from where I would like to see another sea, the sea of a new planet: wiser, juster.

Wounded collection
Having done three other collections out of PET plastic bottles, Fabiana Gadano presents her latest exploration. Wounded Collection pictures battered Nature. Frayed plastic fragments enhance a paradox: a synthetic material becomes the protagonist of a universe that mirrors life. It presents a chameleonic capacity to adopt the mask of Nature. Wounded collection is a new research on the possibilities of transforming discarded PET plastic. The process is permeated with concerns about the great amount of plastic that is being dumped daily.

Cities collection
There are some places where beauty seems to be elusive. In some cities a second look may be required to cast the spell that may haunt us forever. It might be because they reinvent and recycle themselves over and over again.
Cities collection addresses the concept of layers, which refers to rebuilding and assembling. The project of reusing PET (polyethylene terephthalate) disposable plastic bottles is aligned with the idea of enabling new opportunities in material that was created to be waste but whose destiny is forced to change when applied to jewelry, giving it new significance and permanence.  This line of work searches for an aesthetic experience in a material that seems to be deprived of these qualities. However, its potential can be unfolded while working devotedly with it and granting it a second chance to exist.
The collection depicts urban landscapes through one of the types of plastic waste widely generated in big cities: disposable bottles. In that spirit, urban scenes are created out of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) from recycled plastic bottles.

Fiesta / Party Statement
(from Latin festa, pl. festum) celebration n. Joy, fun, festival. |2. An occasion when there are many enjoyable things to see or do. |3. A meal where a large number of people celebrate a special occasion.
mesa. (from Latin mensa, pl. mensae) table n. Refectory, table, food. |2. Group of people sitting around a table. |3. Meeting time and participation. |4. Long evenings to share a treat.

H20 Collection
The project aims at revaluing waste plastic by reassigning it as protagonist material in contemporary jewelry.
The jewels are made of recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) mineral water bottles cut into flakes, squares or strips. A very
low temperature treatment turns these flat foil-like elements into volumetric sculptural shapes that are visually light due to their translucency. The structure of the pieces is done in silver. As PET is a material that cannot withstand high-temperature processes, the assembly and articulation of the component partsis achieved with cold-type unions, such as rivets and shims.
The concern about environmental protection and a careful use of natural resource, water, is present in this project.
The morphological treatment given to the jewels through the evocation of water bodies reinforces this intention.

H20 Collection (second part)
…Like a talisman, which focuses its power on everyone who sees or wears it…
These pieces evoke a precious treasure, our Nature.
Endangered environment due to
disposal of plastics and the need to care for our natural resources, guide these ideas. My project aims to revalue waste plastic by reassigning it a leading role. The jewels are made of recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) from discarded water bottles. The morphological language that this media allows turns it into a suitable and coherent material to evoke the idea of Nature, to commemorate its magnificence and to alerton its destruction.

When my father passed away, I couldn´t farewell him properly. This is an attempt to say him goodbye, recalling him in his world. 

My work talks about shelters. It represents places where to find harmony, peace and well being.Those spots where it is possible to feel protected, to meditate and rest.
Shelters for the soul.
The body of work includes the representation of physical and concrete refuges like the precarious constructions built somewhere and aims also to
evoque immaterial, spiritual refuges where to find states of harmony and meditation.
Outer shelters and inner shelters.
I represent refuges like fragile, precarious, fleeting constructions. Despite invaded privacy, a physical protection is suggested and necessary to feel at home.Reunion, spaces, readings, thoughts, expectations, hopes, the prospect of finding and the
truly found out.

My Land
These pieces were inspired in the idea of the place where I belong. The idea was developed considering birth land and blood family as special values to rely on. I worked in the hope that there will always be strong and permanent underlying bows waiting to arise and become unequivocal.
The bonds that attach land, blood
and feelings.
Each piece relates to a personal pray, a sort of customized religion based
in belief, hope and finally facts. The pieces were built using materials I collected in particular situations, such as beach pebbles or oxidized roof tins, intending, with the inclusion of these elements, to communicate the sense of land as the place where I belong. Other components materialized in silver and nickel silver, allowed me to evoke my memories of that special, relaxing oasis, called bonding feelings.

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Exhibition  28 Sep 2023 - 30 Sep 2023  Missing Memories in Barcelona.
Exhibition  02 Sep 2023 - 29 Oct 2023  An Endless Road. 40 Years of Democracy.
Exhibition  28 Jul 2023 - 28 Aug 2023  Mumbling of a Prelude.
Exhibition  10 Jun 2023 - 05 Nov 2023  DNA in Cagnes sur Mer.
Exhibition  27 Apr 2023 - 30 Apr 2023  Mumblings in Reserve.
Exhibition  27 Apr 2023 - 29 Apr 2023  Missing Memories at the Melting Point 2023.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2023 - 11 Mar 2023  Missing Memories in Munich 2023.
Exhibition  04 Jun 2022 - 22 Aug 2022  Breathing, thinking, doing: four contemporary jewellers.
Exhibition  03 Jun 2022 - 08 Jul 2022  Híbridos Salvajes.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2021 - 10 Nov 2021  Painful Hope in Madrid.
Exhibition  17 Sep 2021 - 20 Sep 2021  Valor Agregado (Added Value).
Exhibition  10 Sep 2021 - 29 Sep 2021  Híbridos Salvajes.
Exhibition  15 Mar 2021 - 15 Apr 2021  Women's Day / 8M.
Exhibition  12 Dec 2020 - 13 Feb 2021  Painful Hope.
Exhibition  26 Nov 2020 - 26 Dec 2020  From the Workshop, There is Something that Needs to be Told.
Exhibition  09 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020  Ocean 2050.
Exhibition  11 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020  Broken Beauty in Munich.
Exhibition  14 Dec 2019 - 15 Feb 2020  Broken Beauty.
Exhibition  23 Nov 2019 - 15 Dec 2019  Travesías in Mercedes.
Exhibition  15 Oct 2019 - 03 Nov 2019  WERT/voll (VALU/able) in Leipzig.
Exhibition  12 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019  WERT/voll (VALU/able).
Exhibition  04 Jul 2019 - 06 Oct 2019  NOD: Wearing Change.
Exhibition  18 May 2019 - 06 Oct 2019  The Legacy Award & Collection. The Ultimate Edition.
Meeting  21 Mar 2019 - 21 Mar 2019  Aria di Primavera: Artistic & gastronomic dinner.
Exhibition  13 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019  Quoil Gallery at Frame 2019.
Exhibition  13 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019  Heart Failure in Munich.
Exhibition  14 Dec 2018 - 23 Feb 2019  Heart Failure.
Exhibition  27 Oct 2018 - 03 Nov 2018  Travesías.
Exhibition  20 Sep 2018 - 11 Nov 2018  Gioielli in Fermento in Padua.
Award  25 Aug 2018 - 07 Oct 2018  Cominelli Foundation Award 2018.
Award giving  10 Jul 2018 - 10 Jul 2018  2nd Latin American Contemporary Jewellery Biennial 2018 Winners.
Exhibition  16 Jun 2018 - 15 Sep 2018  NOD: On Full Volume in Lille.
Award  13 May 2018 - 28 May 2018  Gioielli in Fermento Award 2018 8th edition.
Exhibition  13 May 2018 - 27 May 2018  Gioielli in Fermento 2018 Exhibition.
Exhibition  16 Apr 2018 - 21 Apr 2018  LOOT 2018: MAD about jewelry.
at  NY Museum of Art and Design.
Exhibition  16 Apr 2018 - 21 Apr 2018  Loot 2018 MAD about Jewelry.
Exhibition  14 Apr 2018 - 16 Apr 2018  Winding and Connecting.
Exhibition  07 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017  Talking about water. fluidity, movement, transparency, life.
Exhibition  31 Mar 2017 - 13 May 2017  Fragmente - Fragments.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2017 - 11 Mar 2017  Ojalá Project.
Exhibition  12 Nov 2016 - 03 Dec 2016  Women. Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition.
Exhibition  25 Oct 2016 - 03 Dec 2016  Water.
Exhibition  22 Oct 2015 - 08 Dec 2015  Sutilezas - Jewelers from Argentina.
Exhibition  28 Sep 2015 - 03 Oct 2015  LOOT: MAD about jewelry.
Award  29 Aug 2015 - 04 Oct 2015  Cominelli Foundation Award 2015.
Exhibition  30 Jul 2015 - 20 Sep 2015  Figurations.
Exhibition  14 Jan 2015 - 14 Jun 2015  Les 5 Eléments: Opus 2 l'Eau.
Exhibition  11 Sep 2014 - 15 Oct 2014  Beyond Textile: 21 jewelers from Argentina in Madrid.
Exhibition  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition.
Award  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award 2014.
Exhibition  27 Apr 2014 - 23 Aug 2014  Beyond Textile: 21 jewelers from Argentina.
Exhibition  05 Nov 2013 - 18 Dec 2013  Pending Issue / Tema pendiente.
Exhibition  08 Sep 2013 - 26 Sep 2013  Time.
Exhibition  04 Jul 2013 - 18 Aug 2013  Sex, Drugs & Rock ’n’ Roll…Vices or Lifestyle?.
Exhibition  31 May 2013 - 28 Jun 2013  Japanese Lacquer applied to contemporary jewelry in Argentina.
Exhibition  28 Sep 2012 - 12 Oct 2012  Sex, Drugs & Rock ’n’ Roll…Vices or Lifestyle?.
Exhibition  14 Aug 2012 - 24 Aug 2012  Fiesta.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2010 - 16 Oct 2010  Cartas Cómplices.
Workshop  31 Aug 2010 - 03 Sep 2010  Stefano Marchetti: Hacking Ideas.
Exhibition  11 Apr 2010 - 15 May 2010  Caleidoscopio.
Workshop  04 Oct 2006 - 05 Oct 2006  Entre la INSpiración y la EXpiración.
Exhibition  01 Sep 2004 - 30 Sep 2004  Joyas Jóias. New Jewelry from Latin American.

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Book:  Growth & Evolution International Jewellery Exhibition. Sun, HermanChina Modern Publishing House Limited:  Hong Kong,  2020
Book:  New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World by Nicolas Estrada. Estrada, NicolasThames & Hudson:  United Kingdom,  2011
Book:  The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery Makers. Darling Publications:  Cologne,  2009
Book:  Contemporary Jewellery Year Book 2011. Grupo Duplex:  Barcelona,