“Empreintes” 2017 – The Permanent

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“Empreintes” (Imprints) : trace left by a person.

36 contemporary jewelers from the 5 continents leave their mark at ALLIAGES, revealing us their dreams, showing us their imaginary world.

“Empreintes” (Impressions), the annual exhibition at Alliages, renewed continuously.

Schedule : Monday-Friday : 10h – 17h / Saturday : 10h-16h (during July & August saturdays are closed)

ALLIAGES : 111, Bd. Victor Hugo, F-59000 LILLE

June 2017

Highlighting works of Aurelia Yeomans, Alix Manon, Charlotta Lindvall & Minna Karhu.

Aurelia Yeomans | “There is quietness and a raw energy in the earth, where minerals give birth to form and slowly solidify in geologic time. My work pays homage to the dynamism of these metamorphic states, exploring the phenomena of light, darkness and the traces of passing time – evident in environmental rhythms and the changing topography of the natural landscape. Through an observation of nature and an inherent connection to land informed by my upbringing in the mountainous regions of Australia, my work serves as a vehicle to express a part of the psyche connected to it – honing instinct and emotion to visually and texturally manifest impressions and experiences through the medium of jewellery; allowing us time to intimately reflect on its stories – both embedded and imagined.” (*)

Alix Manon | “ANTI-HEROES Our society is obsessed by winning and champions are widely celebrated. But why not for once reward the excellence in harmful and deceptive behavior? What better way is there than to expose negative conduct forcing the perpetrator to cogitate about what he has done? As action automatically triggers reaction, everyday decisions will inevitably impact people’s lives, especially those closest to you. Some seemingly small decision may have far-reaching, even eternal consequences. So, dear laureate, wear your medal with pride! But in the future, consider not doing to others what you don’t want others to do to you. Take a closer look at yourself and reflect: Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the *** of them all? – Gnoti seauton –(*)

Charlotta Lindvall | “We are all made of stardust, all life sprung out of collapsing stars and still today it rains down small particles of dust containing diamonds and gold whose origin are from the beginning of our time. There is magic in the air. Dust is everywhere because everything is its source. Through the dust we can find traces and read our history, it holds the information of what has happened, what happens right now and what will happen. Every material erodes and transform into something else. From dust we came and to dust we shall return. We leave traces after us wherever we go. In my jewellery I have captured traces of life, it contains the curiosity of the small and forgotten. We are all the same, a part of something bigger that started with the dust. Even in the darkest corners of our homes we can find magic traces from a past time.(*)

Minna Karhu | ““Blank Space” is a result of prompt creative process. The final result is a series of simple handmade brooches, which are inspired by personal identification tags and badges. At a deeper level topic deals with memory and fear, but most importantly it deals with the passage of time. “Blank Space” is a stagnant state of mind. You feel fear when you are faced with a blank sheet of paper. You become unable to write your name and finally you don´t even remember you name. All you have left is a surface corroded by time.” (*)


(*)   Text & pictures provided by the artist

The Annual Exhibition, 2017

Alix Manon, Ana Garcia Moya, Annie Huang, Aurelia Yeomans, Beate Pfefferkorn, Charlotta Lindvall, Claudia Steiner, Hakan Aktug, Isabelle Busnel, Izabella Petrut, Jason Thomson, Juan Harnie, Juan Riusech, Katja Toporski, Kristin Beeler, Ksenia Vokhmentseva, Lital Mendel, Mabel Pena, Mar Sánchez, Margarita Alonso, Margo Nelissen, Marita Sario, Masako Hamaguchi, Michelle Kraemer, Minna Karhu, Natasha Morris, Nicole Schuster, Noelia Macchi, Sébastien Carré, Sinéad Cooke, Suvi Tupola, Teresa Faris, Veronika Fabian, Viktoria Münzker, Viktoria von Malottki & Yiota Vogli

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