Unclasped is an exhibition of contemporary jewellery objects, bringing together and examining the practices of twenty-two artists of Greek descent currently working in Greece, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Cyprus and Australia.
The exhibition aims to provide a platform for contemporary thought in order to highlight the work of both established and emerging international Greek artists.
Exploring the connections between the manufacture and the act of wearing jewellery, the works encompass a wide variety of contemporary jewellery making techniques and mediums; expressing the diverse nature of modern jewellery practice within the Hellenic diaspora.
Exhibiting Jewellers: Aggelika Diplari — Akis Goumas — Anastasia Kandaraki — Artemis Valsamaki — Christina Karakalpaki – Constantinos Kyriacou — Danae Natsis — Demitra Thomloudis — Dimitris Nikolaidis — Efharis Alepedis — Erato Kouloubi — George Giannoutsos — Ismini Pachi — Liana Pattihis — Mala Siamptani — Maria Tsimpiskaki — Nicole Polentas — Niki Stylianou — Poly Nikolopoulou — Vicky Kanellopoulos — Vivi Touloumidi – Zeta Tsermou
Unclasped is presented as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program Project Series 2016.
Akis Goumas – Mystic blue
Vicky Kanellopoulos ‘Vroom vroom vroom’
Efharis Alepedis - Black sea urchin necklace
Poly Nikolopoulou – « Iliahtida /Ηλιαχτίδα » brooch / silver / pigment
Anastasia Kandaraki « Living Ruins I », brooch, oxidized silver – Photo by Orestis Rovakis
Nicole Polentas – ‘the orientation’
Nicole Polentas – « The pass » 2016
Artemis Valsamaki Cosmos brooch
Constantinos Kyriacou - ring: LEAVE AGAIN LIVE AGAIN – sterling and fine silver. acrylic color
ARTIST FLOOR TALK: Danae Natsis
Friday 5 February, 1pm – free
LECTURE: Greek Jewellery: The Old and the New by Emeritus Professor Robert Baines
Friday 12 February, 1pm – free
ARTIST FLOOR TALK: Dr Nicole Polentas
Friday 26 February, 1pm – free
KIDS WORKSHOP: Contemporary Jewellery Making and Design
Saturday 5 March, 1pm – $20
Suitable for children 6+
ARTIST FLOOR TALK: Vicky Kanellopoulos
Friday 11 March, 1pm – free
Tues – Sun 10AM – 4PM