CODAMuseum | 03.09 t/m 05.11.2017
All over the world, jewellery conveys and connects traditions and stories, memories and customs. Worn on the body, it invites communication. The way in which jewellery carries special and extraordinary meaning – tells a unique story – is beautifully shown in the exhibition GrisGris, which is staged in CODA Museum Apeldoorn from 3 September to 5 November 2017 inclusive. GrisGris explores the origins, value and meaning of jewellery in various cultures. With their research and designs, twelve jewellery artists and six students of the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design – translated this traditional jewellery to the present
Even in a globalised world, people still feel it is important to express themselves through clothes and jewellery, as a way of confirming or reinforcing their own ethnicity, nationality or identity. Although traditions play an important role here, they are also subject to change and at risk of disappearing. The same goes for jewellery representing these traditions. At the same time, there is a need for change and new, contemporary forms of expression that convey the shifting cultural identity. How to blend the past and the present in new adornments that heed existing traditions yet also have a story to tell to future generations? At the invitation of curators Karin van Paassen, Chequita Nahar and CODA director Carin Reinders, the selected artists and students in the GrisGris exhibition designed a piece or a collection of jewellery based on this question. For their designs, they let themselves be inspired by the collections of the Wereldmuseum and CODA Museum. A selection of jewellery from the Wereldmuseum is included in the exhibition.