Mythen/Myths – Greek Jewellery
Berlin, FunkRaum, 11-19.12.2013
Hamburg, Hinterconti, 6-9.2.2014
Eleven jewellery designers from Greece, Hamburg and London update Greek mythology
Eleven jewellery designers – based in Greece, Hamburg and London – update Greek mythology and use a broad spectrum of material (gold, wood, enamel, leather, fibers, plastic etc.) to talk about love and treason, death and resurrection, constant change, immortality of love, the will to oppose conventions.
Photo portraits of Germans experts in the fields of art, business, communication, urban politics and wearing the exhibition jewellery also make part of the show. These pictures are meant to promote art appreciation beyond cultural or political boundaries.
To get a first impression of what the myth of Labyrinth, Odyssey, Orpheus and Eurycide, Amor and Psyche, Europe and Zeus and many others mean in today’s context, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/mythen.berlin.hamburg?ref=stream
The exhibition Mythen/Myths, curated by Loukia Richards and produced by ZLR Betriebsimperium, is under the auspices of the General Consulate of Greece in Hamburg.
Works by Katerina Glyka — Haris Kaminari — Voula Karampatzaki — Christina Karakalpaki – Apostolos Kleitsiotis — Vally Kontidis — Liana Pattihis — Otsis — Systemalab –Thomas Thomidis — Loukia Richards
Liana Pattihis jewelry at « Mythen/Myths » part II in Hambourg
Photo-Shooting « Very important in their Field People », living in Berlin and Hamburg, while wearing the Greek Designers jewellery is part of the Myths-exhibition concept. The photos will be part of the designers’ portfolios in the website we are about to launch in appr. ten days. For the story: We did not just want to make another show of interesting and beautiful jewellery. What for? we asked ourselves
« We wanted to send the message that Greek myths are still in demand today for they talk about dilemmas and situations common to many people regardless of their background and culture. And they suggest how one should deal with them. We wanted art fans to know that despite negative press releases and economic depression Greek jewellery is alive and kicking and highly competitive! We wanted real people, not fashion models, but role-models for Germany, to wear the myth-jewellery, endorse and promote the message through their own networks. We will start today with the photo-shooting of jewelry by Otsis. The young designer decided to deal with a contemporary myth that has a lot of impact on his generation plagued by the unbearable quote of 65% unemployment. »
« We will start today with the photo-shooting of jewelry by Otsis. The young designer decided to deal with a contemporary myth that has a lot of impact on his generation plagued by the unbearable quote of 65% unemployment. He chose to talk about the Myth of Greek Crisis and Grexit. Otsis gave the production team — ZLR Betriebsimperium — a difficult task to fulfill: He would like his jewellery to be worn by a person who understands what poverty, lack of hope, depression, no way out means. Somebody who carries this knowledge under his skin. We will return to Otsis project and jewellery soon. Stay tuned! »
Loukia Richards – textile bracelet – « What I like most in Odyssey is the end: Penelope meets Odysseus alias « Lovers’ meeting »
Liana Pattihis – Royal Blue Diamond Link Brooch, 2012
Liana surprises us in her approach of what a myth might be today. She questions the concept and works on the *anti-Myth*, the way that leads off beaten tracks; this is actually the path many heros of Greek mythology walked on, such as Hercules, Thesseus, Jason, Ulysses etc. They accomplished deeds that nobody thought they could ever achieve.
Liana Pattihis writes about her work: « What is a Myth but a widely held false belief? In the beautiful world of enamelling, vitreous enamels are used purely decoratively to add colour and visual interest to a plain piece of metal. The ritual of fusing the enamels is painstakingly precise, almost regimented. In this perfect world, the widely held belief that fusing enamels on a movable base like chain cannot be done, is simply a myth! Stretching the boundaries of what can be achieved with enamel as a medium has brought about a revolutionary way of creating with enamel. Applying the enamel freely but purposefully, allows the material not only to decorate a piece, but to be instrumental in its creation, its appearance and its function. »
jewelry by Otsis – « Grexit » necklace
The young designer decided to deal with a contemporary myth that has a lot of impact on his generation plagued by the unbearable quote of 65% unemployment. He chose to talk about the Myth of Greek Crisis and Grexit. Otsis gave the production team — ZLR Betriebsimperium — a difficult task to fulfill: He would like his jewellery to be worn by a person who understands what poverty, lack of hope, depression, no way out means. Somebody who carries this knowledge under his skin. We will return to Otsis project and jewellery soon.
However, Systemalab focuses on a different kind of bird — namely the first robotic *pigeon* in history created by Archytas of Tarantas in Magna Grecia. It is said that his *Pigeon* — for his bird shaped steam engine– was the first self propelled flying device that managed to cover a distance of 200 meters. Systemalab — founded by two architects — *fused* knowledge of mathematics, traditional Greek architecture and robotics into futuristic jewellery.
Thomidis turns the *sun wheel* into wearable contemporary sculpture. His jewellery talks about Hellas/Greece in terms of sun, energy and movement.
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