In the fall of 2019 from October 10 to 12 for the eleventh time JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Object – the main international event for contemporary jewellery and art – took place in Barcelona.
The event serves a platform for interaction, discussion, and a meeting place for jewellery artists, gallery representatives, collectors, and organizations from around the world. JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Object is designed for professionals as well as the public with a full program of events, exhibitions, conferences. This year the main theme of the event was the communicative and diplomatic role of contemporary jewellery today. The discussion about the power of jewellery is exciting and potentially inexhaustible. It means to return to the beginnings of humanity, where jewellery is not only an ornament of the body but also an ideological expression of culture and, more importantly – POLITICS.
Among the 300 contemporary jewellery artists from around the world who participated in JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Object, Latvia was represented by VALDIS BROŽE, a contemporary jewellery artist who was awarded the AUTOR AWARD presented by Dan Piersinaru – AUTOR’s founder and he personally selects one artist, who will receive the AUTOR Award and represent AUTOR in the next year’s JOYA. AUTOR is a contemporary jewellery fair in Bucharest, Romania. This is the only event of its kind in South East Europe.
The Grand Prize for Contemporary Jewellery – JOYA – WORTH – was awarded to LILY KANELLOPOULOU from Greece
Each year an artist is selected by the jury for the opportunity to become the face of the next JOYA edition along with the associated media promotion of the artist’s jewellery. The winner joins WORTH project and receives a grant to launch new artistic projects.
Ten contemporary jewellery artists, six memos – lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, multiplicity, consistency, twenty jewellery and one book by Italian writer and journalist Italo Calvino “Six memos for the next Millenium” is the foundation of the exhibition “Le Stanze Del Possibile” created by curator NICHKA MAROBIN. How do we define contemporary jewellery as “light”? How can we detect movement through the structures and techniques of contemporary jewellery? How the inner rhythm of a jewellery can be achieved and detected by the wearer and by the viewer? Each work is not a mere work for itself, it encompresses values, ideas and languages, conveying messages that can initiate fundamental change on a global scale. How does the “self” described by Italo Calvino place itself in the world? What about the particular “self” in the field of contemporary jewellery? The exhibition is displayed in Hannah Gallery, Barcelona. https://hannahgallerybarcelona.net/