Everyone Says Hello

Exhibition in 'Overlyssalen' at Kunstnerforbundet
Contemporary art jewellery at Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
10 January - 24 February 2019

Artists:  Benedikt Fischer  ∣  Neke Moa  ∣  Reinhold Ziegler  ∣  Helene Duckert  ∣  Máret Ánne Sara and Matt Lambert  ∣  Ahmed Umar  Beatrice Brovia and Nicolas Cheng  ∣  Camilla Luihn   Katie Kameen   Nanna Melland   Jorge Manilla   Lisa Walker  Dana Hakim   Heidi Sand   Veronika Fabian    Auli Laitinen    Darja Popolitova   Sigurd Bronger

Curator: Lars Sture

Nearly Human, by Reinhold Ziegler
Installation by Helene Duckert

The exhibition Everyone Says Hello consists of works by 20 artists from across the world, who explore diverse approaches and current actualities through jewellery. The exhibition presents works  that manifest the contributing artists’ different geographical, cultural and political positions, but also links them together. Everyone Says Hello both addresses and problematizes the society in which we live, through themes ranging from equal rights, the use of resources and  climate-related challenges, to works that turn our gaze inwards by asking questions concerning spirituality, identity and gender.

Pearly Whites, by Benedikt Fischer
X, Brooch by Máret Anne Sara & Matt Lambert

Helene Duckert’s installations offer a visual archive of cultural highs and lows in which discarded objects and remnant materials collected from the city’s dustbins and garbage containers become a personal comment on contemporary living. With an interest in anthropology, the Stockholm-based artists Beatrice Brovia and Nicolas Cheng delve into new technology and the material culture surrounding gold as a resource. Through works made of pounamu (jade from New Zealand), Neke Moa takes issue with the Maori people’s struggle to preserve their identity – their history, language and culture. Matt Lambert’s and Máret Ánne Sara's intersectional collaboration as a queer and indigenous maker will show a new series in porcelain made with ground reindeer bone as part of the Sami artist’s project in direct support of the reindeer herder Jovsset Ánte Sara’s battle against the Norwegian government. The series juxtaposes the story of the Norwegian state’s colonization of Sápmi with the story of Sami history and traditions. With Nobel Bow, a piece of jewellery in the form of a rosette-like phallic tie hybrid, Swedish artist Auli Laitinen refers to the #MeToo movement, Sara Danius and the crisis in the Swedish Academy. British/Hungarian Veronika Fabian, with her large metal-chain necklaces, draws connections between women’s self-identity, popular culture and mass media, exploring how identity develops against a background of economic and cultural conditions.

Conversation Piece, Gold Rush, by Beatrice Brovia and Nicolas Cheng
Loaded Keep Hitting Our Jaws, by Máret Ánne Sara and Matt Lambert

Contemporary craft is often described as a genre of art with a close relation to everyday life. The materials at the heart of the craft field – ceramics, textiles, wood and so forth – are part of the functional and decorative objects we surround ourselves with. Jewellery is often part of this ordinary system of value – as costly and beautiful objects with exclusive connotations. In Everyone Says Hello, artists who challenge this system present jewellery that tell stories about cultural identity, challenges to the climate, political activism and gender-related politics. Together, their stories create a sometimes humorous, sometimes disturbing portrait of everyday life and the times in which we live.

Would any of you love to eat the flesh of his dead brother, by Ahmed Umar

Everyone Says Hello is produced by Norwegian Crafts in collaboration with Kunstnerforbundet.

Press images here