As the press release states of Everyone Says Hello (curated by Lars Sture of Norwegian Crafts) here is an exhibition consisting of works by twenty artists from around the world who each explore diverse approaches to the making of jewellery. The exhibition presents works, it is said, that manifest the contributing artists’ different geographical, cultural and political positions, but also links them together, too. Everyone Says Hello both addresses and problematises the society in which we live, but it serves another purpose, as well. As Norwegian Crafts’ director Hege Henriksen has stated, to bring international perspectives and artists to Norway is an important part of internationalising crafts in the country: “Despite being a small field within contemporary crafts, art jewellery has many arenas and exhibition venues internationally. With this exhibition, we want to stimulate the audience and convey something about what art jewellery can be today.”
As the organisers of the exhibition have stated, “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.”
Curated by Lars Sture of Norwegian Crafts, with work by: Benedikt Fischer (NL), Neke Moa (NZ), Reinhold Ziegler (NO), Helene Duckert (NO), Máret Ánne Sara (NO) and Matt Lambert (US), Ahmed Umar (NO/SD), Beatrice Brovia (SE/IT) and Nicolas Cheng (SE/HK), Camilla Luihn (NO), Katie Kameen (US), Nanna Melland (NO), Jorge Manilla (MX/BE), Lisa Walker (NZ), Dana Hakim (IL), Heidi Sand (NO), Veronika Fabian (HU/UK), Auli Laitinen (SE), Darja Popolitova (EE) og Sigurd Bronger (NO).