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Vivi Touloumidi

Statement

What will kosmos say?

It is a question of our times.
The current social/political struggles emphasize the need to rethink
and rebuild ways of operating within the society. Only with the
participation of the individuals and their active interaction can
eventually occur a change within the collective.
This work talks about the position of jewellery in times like these.
~•~
kosmos = the world = jewellery = the people
Kosmos has diverse definitions beyond the profound that relates to
notions of the universe or the world.
In the Greek language (κόσμος) it has the meaning of order, harmony or beauty.
In old Greek it stands also for jewellery and in neo-Greek usually means “the people”.
By reloading these meanings to the question, its impact changes.
It can evolve to “What will people say?” or “What will jewellery say?”
The title implies several interpretations and sets a bridge between
adornment, self-exposure and engagement in the public domain.
~•~
The brooches are made out of volcanic pumice rocks.
Pumice stones are super-heated, highly pressurized rocks, violently
ejected from a volcano millions of years ago. In 2013 the artist took
a special permission to visit the quarry on the island Yali/Greece,
where she collected the rocks one by one.
She sculpted and textured the surface of the stones by hand
and then hollowed out and assembled them according to their unique
measurements and proportions.
The most widely spread function of this mineral is the beautification
and cleaning of the human body. This custom denotes the notion of
“catharsis”.
Depending on context, catharsis (κάθαρση) can have a literal
connotation, as well as a metaphorical one. The latter can mean
“the purification or purgation of the emotions” primarily through
art, as used by Aristotle in the Poetics.
~•~
The brooches look up to that notion of catharsis.
But catharsis is most of all a condition.
Not a given answer.
It’s a process.
A process based on the idea that social and cultural reform can
occur through individual acts of resistance.
This work is inspired by the notion of the smaller parts working independently,
but also together, in order to reinforce a change within the whole.
Same as in the essence of the kosmos,
where the dependence of the whole upon the miniscule
is undeniable.
~•~
Can jewellery contribute to the social changes?
Jewellery is a powerful medium, because it demands involvement
and through this circular function it holds and transmits a statement.
Therefore jewellery is an active broadcaster within the public realm.
Jewellery as a tool.
Creating a new kosmos by being this new kosmos in practice.
Making this choice everyday is essential.
Thinking of jewellery not as an add-on, but as a put out.
An invitation to negotiate reality.
2013 / Vivi Touloumidi

 

C.V.

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany (born 1977 in Athens, Greece)

EDUCATION

2013- 2011 MFA, Jewellery and Corpus __ÄDELLAB Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design ; Stockholm // Sweden 2010-2006 BFA, Jewellery and Everyday Objects University of Applied Arts Pforzheim // Germany2009-2008 Exchange studies, Jewellery Design & Metalsmithing NSCAD University ; Halifax, NS // Canada 2004-2002 Certificate for the profession of goldsmithing Professional Institute of Gold- and Silversmiths ; Athens // Greece2002-1997 Diploma of Financial Management and Banking Piraeus University ; Athens // Greece

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

2013 Konstfack Grant, Jubel-Fond, Karl-Alex Rosenqvists // Sweden2012 • Ulla Fröberg-Cramérs Scholarhip // Sweden2008 • Baden-Württemberg Scholarship // Germany

 

WORK IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim // Germany

PUBLICATONS, BOOKS AND CATALOGUES

2014 • ART AUREA, HEFT 4, WINTER 2014 // Germany • Premio Fondazione Cominelli per il gioiello contemporaneo ; Edizioni Fondazione Cominelli // Italy2013 • „International Graduate Show 2013“ , Catalogue MARZEE Gallery ; Nijmegen // The Netherlands2012 • „CONNECTING IDENTITIES”, Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst e.V ; Hanau // Germany2011 • „Serpentina” Snake Jewellery from around the World , Arnoldsche Art Publishers ; Stuttgart // Germany • ITAMI International Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition 2011, Catalogue, The Museum of Arts & Crafts ITAMI // Japan • „Talente 2011” , Catalogue Special Show, International Trade Fair Munich, IHM ; Munich // Germany • „The 44th International Exhibition of Japan Enamelling Artist Association” , Catalogue 2011, The Ueno Royal Museum ; Tokyo // Japan2010 • „International Graduate Show 2010“ , Catalogue MARZEE Gallery ; Nijmegen // The Netherlands • „... et cetera pp.“ oder wie man damit anfängt kleine Dinge zu tun: Jens-Rüdiger Lorenzen , Pro BUSINESS Verlag ; Berlin // Germany2009 • „The Compendium Finale of contemporary jewellers 2008” , Darling Publications ; Cologne // Germany2007 • „Kunst treibt Blüten / Art is flowering“ , Arnoldsche Art Publishers ; Stuttgart // Germany Jewellery & Object

EXHIBITIONS

2014 • Grassi Museum Show ; Leipzig // Germany • Cominelli Award, selected finalist ; Brescia // Italy • KunstRAI 2014, represented by Gallery MARZEE ; Amsterdam // The Netherlands • COLLECT 2014, represented by Gallery MARZEE ; London // Great Britain • AD20/21 Art Fair, represented by Charon Kransen Arts ; Boston MA. // USA • IHM 2014 - FRAME, represented by Gallery MARZEE ; Munich // Germany • „KOSMOS KINO", SCHMUCK 2014 ; Munich // Germany • Art Palm Beach, represented by Charon Kransen Arts ; NY // USA2013 • SOFA CHICAGO, represented by Charon Kransen Arts ; Chicago // USA • SCHMUCK WANDER project, Bratislava Design Week ; Bratislava // Slovakia • „International Graduate Show 2013“, MARZEE Gallery ; Nijmegen // The Netherlands • „Our Time”, FROM THE COOLEST CORNER ; Copenhagen // Denmark • Connecting Identities, Goldschmiedehaus Hanau ; Hanau // Germany • Master Degree presentation, Konstfack ; Stockholm // Sweden • Connecting Identities, MAD-Fac ; Hasselt // Belgium • FROM THE COOLEST CORNER, show curated by Gallery MARZEE ; Olso // Norway • Art Palm Beach, represented by Charon Kransen Arts ; NY // USA2012 • Red Dot Art Fair, represented by Charon Kransen Arts ; Miami // USA • SOFA CHICAGO, represented by Charon Kransen Arts ; NY // USA • Connecting Identities, Gallery Medium ; Bratislava // Slovakia • SOFA NY, represented by Charon Kransen Arts ; NY // USA • „In Form gegossen“, Gallery Handwerk ; Munich // Germany • Art Palm Beach, represented by Charon Kransen Arts ; NY // USA2011 • „Serpentina“ the snake in jewellery around the world Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim // Germany • ITAMI International Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition 2011 ; Itami // Japan • SOFA CHICAGO, represented by Charon Kransen Arts ; NY // USA • B-side DownTownArt Jewellery Festival ; Amsterdam // The Netherlands • SOFA SANTA FE, represented by Charon Kransen Arts ; NY // USA • Friedrich Becker Preis 2011, selected finalist Goldschmiedehaus Hanau // Germany • “Brand New_New Brand” at Inhorgenta fair ; Munich // Germany • SOFA NY, represented by Charon Kransen Arts ; NY // USA • RRH Jewellery Award 2011, selected finalist Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim // Germany • „In der Südsee“ Schmuck und Förderpreis, selected finalist Gallery Friends of Carlotta ; Zurich // Switzerland • Talente 2011, IHM ; Munich // Germany • 44th International Exhibition of Japan Enamelling Artist Association „Ueno Seiyoken“, Ueno Royal Museum ; Tokyo // Japan • „True Colours“, NTJ Biennial The Museum of Modern Art Arnhem ; Arnhem // The Netherlands2010 • „True Colours“, NTJ Biennial: - Sieraad fair ; Amsterdam // The Netherlands - Villa Bengel ; Idar Oberstein // Germany • „International Graduate Show 2010“ Marzee Gallery ; Nijmegen // The Netherlands • „I care a lot“ Project / Middle East Portable Discussion Project: - Schmuck Denken 2010 ; Idar-Oberstein // Germany - Platina Gallery ; Stockholm // Sweden - Gallery Articula ; Lisbon // Portugal