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20/08/2010

EXPO ‘I Care A Lot – Opening’ – Gallery Platina, Stockholm (Sweden) – 2 Sept.-2 Oct. 2010

A Portable Discussion about current issues in the Middle East.
42 juried jewellery artists from 22 countries showing work on the conflict

 Why jewelry?
« Jewelry is an intimate art medium within the private and the public space which offers a personal relationship and an encounter between the wearer ,the viewer audience and the actual jewelry. It is an invitation to start a conversation and it can make a meeting possible. The body is a portable show case and the wearer chooses what and how to exhibit on him/her. Jewelry express the wearer character and sense of humor, it acts as an extension to the wearer personality, indicating his/her group of belonging, it is asking questions or claiming its opinion about the reality in which we live in, about our society, our surrounding and ourselves« 

The project aim is to raise discussion about current issues in the Middle East through an international art exhibition in which jewellery is the chosen media.
42 pieces of artists from 22 countries were selected independently by five international jury members – experts in their fields of studies and practice: Dr. Otto von Busch (Sweden) – Fashion Activist, Love Jonsson (Sweden) – Craft Critic, Prof’ Vered Kaminski (Israel) – Jewellery Artist, Shari Pierce (USA, Germany) – Jewellery Artist, Dr. Nada Shabout (USA,Qatar) – Art Historian

Cause We Care.
The region’s history and present are seeded with continuous violent national, ethnic and other conflicts. In many aspects the Middle East is considered to be one of the most sensitive and unstable regions in the world; strategically, economically, politically, culturally and religiously. It is located in the center of the international politics agenda. Its historical role, its huge reserves of crud oil and its significance for the three largest monotheist religions are usually taken as reasons for the world’s ardent interest in the region. But the attitude towards the Middle East has pasted the point of a keen interest in world affairs. By now it seems clear that the Middle East is perceived, especially by consumers of Western media, as the place where world dramas converge, or – more accurately – collide. It is almost the opposite of the Bermuda Triangle: everything that happens there pops up on our radars.
What is the Middle East? What is the source of our attraction to it? Is it just that it happens to be the most eventful place on earth? What is the nature of our commitment to effecting the future of the region? Do we really care about what goes on there? Do we really care about what goes on anywhere that is elsewhere? Do we care about the Middle East in a way similar to the way we care about how people look at us? Do we care about it the way we care about what people see in us?


Artists : Adam Grinovich, Ana Morais Caldas, Anna Williams, Vivi Touloumidi, Annette Dam, Barbara Deriemaeker, Beatrice Brovia, Burcu Buyukunal, Caitlin Wood, Chloé Durand, Claire Baloge, Dalya Israeli, Deganit Stern Schocken, Einat Leader, Ela Bauer, Ella Wolf, Filomena Praça , Frida Åberg, Gular Mustafa, Hannah Joris, Iacov Azubel, Ingrid Römmich & Veronika Schmid, Jan Turzo, Katja Prins, Kristina Lugonja, Loukia Richards, Malaika Najem, Marieke Van Diepen, Melanie Georgacopoulos, Michal Oren, Michelutti Flavia Eleonora, Midori Ikeda, Miri Admoni, Noga Hadad, Nuria Briones Perez, Sally Von Bargen, Mervat Hakroosh & Rotem Lewinsohn, Tamara Navama, Teresa Milheiro, Ulla Ahola, Machteld Van Joolingen, Vered Babai,

EXPO 'I Care A Lot - Opening' - Gallery Platina, Stockholm (Sweden) - 2 Sept.-2 Oct. 2010 dans Adam GRINOVICH (SE) Jan_TurzoRotem_Mervat dans Annette DAM (DK)
 Jan Turzo - ‘Division’ – Slovakia – 2009
Rotem Lewinsohn & Mervat Hakroosh -  Forbidden Love – Israel, 2010 

Sally_Von_Bargen dans Barbara DERIEMAEKER (BE)Vered dans Beatrice BROVIA (IT)
Sally Von Bargen – Elegy USA, 2008
Vered Babai - Pinched Rings – Israel, 2010

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Claire Baloge (FR) -  Camel dung, gold leaf, silk (collier en crottes de chameau … j’adore !!)

« I have chosen to use camel dung, because  it’s shape and color. Although the use of camel dung in jewelry may provoke it also links: in those (not so) far-away countries, many people are still using these animals, and their excrement, in daily life, while some others, a few miles away , are smoking the cigars of the oil business. I have chosen to use gold because gold is the referential measurement on which the whole world economy is founded. It remains a major symbol for jewelry, almost everywhere around the world. While camels are traditionally emblems of the noble class, in the nomad society, a clear mark of wealth and importance. It seems to be two different temporalities, which are still sharing the same space, coexisting in the same territories. »

Machteld dans Burcu BUYUKUNAL (TR)
Machteld Van Joolingen – The Line

Gallery Platina
Odengatan 68,
Stockholm, Sweden
http://www.platina.se/Pressrelease/Icarealot_press.html
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07/07/2010

COUP de … ROUGE at « I Care a Lot » EXPO online

 « I Care a Lot »  online exhibition

EXPO i care a lot

 icarealot is happy to announce about the opening of the exhibition at Platina Gallery, Stockholm : September 2nd, 2010.

More Great news! November 6th 2010 : Our third opening at Gallery Articula, Lisbon, Portugal ;)

 

COUP de ... ROUGE  at thumb445 dans Annette DAM (DK)
Ela Bauer (NL) ‘An’necklace -black & red thread

« This is a huge heart which actually is a huge knot. That is the key feeling in this work; a huge,  screaming (maybe bleeding..), knot- heart. The knot is such a paradoxical form; it consists of “one”, but through an action (of knotting) it becomes “two”, with a heart between them. At the same time it is the ground of endless processes which in themselves are not complex, but all together they create an unsolvable, knotted reality. An un-followable mass of actions and reactions. There is no wrong or right, just a complex, painful situation. » (Ela Bauer)

thumb478 dans Barbara DERIEMAEKER (BE) thumb477 dans Beatrice BROVIA (IT)
Katja Prins (NL)-’Bound by Blood’ Necklace – 2007 – wooden beads, cotton

 » This necklace brings together and mixes various prayer-necklaces, which only differ in detail. Prayerbeads are being used in several religions and they all have their own systematical design. The beads stands for the different prayers and by following the beads you can’t loose track and count while you are praying. The Roman-Catholic church has the ‘rosary”, the Islam has the “tespi”,  Buddhism (Nichiren) has the “juzu”and Tibetan Buddhism has the “mala”. Nowadays we are living in a time of globalization. Worldwide people are connecting more and more, not only economically, but also politically and culturally. Borders are fading and people travel and migrate more than ever. Out of that comes integration of different cultures and religions. Partly because of the not always so very successful integration-policy of many countries, extremism in certain religions also flourishes, conflicts arise. With this/my interpretation of the prayer-necklace I want to bring together all  prayer-necklace and make 1 out of it all.  A contemporary blood red prayer necklace. In my opinion the religions don’t differ so much from one another, they differ mostly in details. That’s what I want to show with this necklace. By bringing together all the prayerbeads, symbolically I want to bring together the different religions and with that the people. The title “Bound by Blood” stands for the idea that on the inside we are all the same. It also refers to the many wars (and with that the shedding of a lot of blood) that have been fought in the name of religion » (Katja Prins (NL))

thumb555 dans Burcu BUYUKUNAL (TR)thumb423 dans Chloe DURAND (FR)
Burcu Buyukunal (TR) -’Terrifying Beauty’ head piece – brass, cubic zirconia – Turkey, 2009

« My work is driven by conventions and societal norms relating to the body prevalent in history both past and present. Plastic surgery, alternative medicine, and ways of predicting the future are belief  systems whose underpinnings I am uncertain of. I use my work to illustrate my inability to reconcile the purposes, needs, and motives of these systems and the people who subscribe to them. As a fairly recent development in mass culture, plastic surgery is a system that suggests attaining beauty popularized by the media. ‘Terrifying Beauty’ focuses on the trends of cosmetic surgery, which  oftentimes impose the conception of Western Beauty, to question conventions of beauty and  challenge the function of jewelry as adornment. I created four pieces distorting the face in an unlikely way, contrasting and contradicting the purpose of traditional jewelry. I want my work to surprise and challenge people to inspire questioning. Suggesting something extreme, unusual, and irrational is one strategy to achieve this. I hope the viewer will immediately ask if they would or would not wear such pieces. I wanted to use gold first but it was expensive for me. So, I used brass that looks like gold in the photos. Then I noticed that material hierarchy was another convention. Thus, using brass supported my idea. My forms simply followed the function of each piece.« (Burcu Buyukunal)

thumb467 dans Claire BALOGE (FR)thumb466 dans Deganit STERN SCHOCKEN (IL)
Iacov Azubel (Argentina) – ‘Maim’ ring – 2009 – Gold filled Silver – Plexiglas – Mobile Water -Air Bubble

« The water in the subject being treated, andcolor global warming » (Iacov Azubel (Argentina))

thumb548 dans Ela BAUER (NL)thumb547 dans Exposition/Exhibition
Vivi Touloumidi (GR) – ‘wet’ necklace -  150 laminated tissues , black ink , tape, nylon

thumb527 dans Filomena PRACA (PT)thumb528 dans Flavia MICHELUTTI (IT)
Tamara Navama (Israel), 2010 -Bracelet -Aluminum, Copper, Epoxy – engraved, photo etching

thumb520 dans Gular MUSTAFA (Iraq)thumb519 dans Iacov AZUBEL (RA)
Sally Von Bargen (USA) – ‘Elegy’ Necklace – Brass, paper, digital photos

« ‘Elegy’ honors the individual men and women who left homes … travelled to Iraq for war and died there. It is about the pain of loss and lies, etched with the words, « lies brought this lament – this elegy of truth – these lost treasures.
Elegy is a monumental neck-piece consisting of over 4200 digital portraits. Each portrait shows one American man or woman who lost life in Iraq during the Bush presidency. Using public  records for the names and photos of the fallen, if no portrait was available a silhouette was used to represent the lost life. Each Elegy portrait is printed on acid-free paper, which was chosen for its workability. The prints were mounted on an intermediate paper layer and sandwiched back-to-back to form a simple 1.5cm x 3cm link.  The links were connected by brass rings and formed into 70 strands which terminate at brass disk. The disc is etched with the words, “lies brought this lament – this elegy of truth -these lost treasures. » (Sally Von Bargen)

 

 

online exhibition : Adam GrinovichAna Morais CaldasAnna WilliamsAnnette Dam – Barbara DeriemaekerBeatrice BroviaBurcu Buyukunal–  Caitlin WoodChloé DurandClaire BalogeDalya IsraeliDeganit Stern SchockenEinat LeaderEla Bauer – Ella Wolf Filomena Praça– Frida ÅbergGular MustafaHannah JorisIacov Azubel– Ingrid Römmich & Veronika SchmidtJan TurzoKatja Prinskristina LugonjaLoukia Richards– Malaika Najem Marieke Van DiepenMelanie GeorgacopoulosMichal OrenFlavia Michelutti — Eleonora Midori — Ikeda Miri AdmoniNoga HadadNuria Briones PerezSally Von BargenMervat Hakroosh & Rotem LewinsohnTamara NavamaTeresa Milheiro– Ulla AholaMachteld Van Joolingen Vered BabaiVivi Touloumidi

 

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