Alchimia – Contemporary Jewellery School is proud to present BODIES AND MINDS and WONDER/WANDER two group exhibitions of its MFA and BFA graduates respectively, opening on Friday June 17 from 6.30 pm at Alchimia’s premises and at the Galleria Romanelli in Florence.
BODIES AND MINDS
With jewellery by Daria Borovkova, Sana Khalil, Lavinia Rossetti, Federica Sala, Giulia Savino and Marìa Ignacia Walker
Curated by Antonia Alampi and Riccardo Lami
Opening: Friday June 17, from 6.30 pm
Galleria Romanelli, Borgo San Frediano 70, Firenze
Alchimia is happy to present BODIES AND MINDS, a group exhibition opening on June 17 at 6.30pm, featuring the work of its recent MFA graduates, choreographed as a conversation between contemporary jewellery and the sculptures and fascinating spaces of the historical Galleria Romanelli.
BODIES AND MINDS wants to incite a reflection on the hybrid nature of the contemporary artistic jewel, on the relationship between the body and the mind, on the constraints determined by physical prerequisites vis-à-vis conceptual investigations, between the weight of tradition and the fragility of innovation.
In 1829 the sculptor Lorenzo Bartolini transforms an abandoned fourteenth century church in a studio where his student Pasquale Romanelli, followed by five generations of male heirs, develops the Romanelli Gallery. Hundred-eighty-seven years later six female jewellery artists take over the space and its collection challenging disciplinary and gender hierarchies. BODIES AND MINDS offers unexpected connections and ironic cultural appropriations, in a path that relates illustrious examples of copies and originals from the history of Italian sculpture to the experimental relational dimension of contemporary jewellery.
A large crowd of rings asks us to reflect on the manufacturing of our cultural identities, both as individuals and as members of larger communities, in Being and Belonging by Daria Borovkova. Another critical mass of circular shapes, now without a specific identity, characterizes In Conflict. Moments of Strike by Sana Khalil, a tribute or cynical celebration to the impossibility of the artist to perform direct political agency over the world. While such ambitions can only strengthen our sense of inadequacy, 1: 20,000 by Giulia Savino invites us to remain suspended, to let ourselves be carried away by those states of temporary sense of satisfaction that keep us above the world through the appropriation of real and imaginary cities. On a more personal level, Madeleine by Lavinia Rossetti evokes the ephemeral existence of our memories, finding ways to give form to the essence of significant moments. A similar sense of transience characterizes Trascendieron by María Ignacia Walker in a tribute to our daily losses, a possible humorous comment to the Western impulse to preserve and collect. Finally, and gently, True Lies. A Collection of Oxymoron by Federica Sala confronts us with existential questions: what is the true nature of our experience or how do we define reality, whispering, perhaps, what contemporary jewelry wants.
with jewellery by Anna Okamoto Gayton, Dana AL-Nafisi, Diana Pantea, Lena Kosztyucsenko, Sehnaz Erdal
Opening: Friday June 17, from 6.30 pm
Alchimia, Piazza Piattellina 3r, Firenze
On Friday 17 June at 6pm in Florence, Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School is proud to present the opening of the graduation exhibition of five 3rd year BFA students. “Wonder/Wander” will showcase a collection of jewellery reflecting the diversity of ideas of its makers, developed over a year of research into the limits and possibilities of materials.
To wonder is to admire and marvel, to feel doubt and confusion. To wander is to get lost, to drift aimlessly and circle around an idea. These two words encapsulate the various paths taken by the five students to reach the conclusion of their final collection. This exhibition is an invitation to explore and question your notion of what jewellery is, and to wander through the physical and conceptual spaces in which it was created.
Anna Okamoto Gayton (Japan/Australia) grapples with her cultural identity through the use of languages, adopted and native. Dana AL-Nafisi (Kuwait) is inspired by fossils and how they contain stories of the past, revealing the evolution of life through the ages. Diana Pantea (Romania) plays with reality and transforms it into the imaginary. Lena Kosztyucsenko (Russia/Hungary) explores movement and the connection between kinetic and static. Sehnaz Erdal (Sweden/Turkey) creates a physical metaphor for inner improvement.
Along with the BFA graduates, the ongoing work of current MFA 1st year students will be on display.
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