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PRESS RELEASE 20.02.2013


THINK TWICE: New Latin-American Jewelry


After a successful tour through the United States, where it premiered at the Museum of Art and Design in New York and now Presented at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Think Twice: New Latin American Jewelry is the first exhibition of contemporary Latin American jewelry ever presented in Europe. On view from 22.02-28.04.2013 the exhibition will feature more than eighty works from twenty three Latin American countries, altogether over fifty Latin American jewelry pieces.
Organized by Otro Diseño Foundation for Cultural Cooperation and Development and curated by Valeria Vallarta Siemelink, Think Twice presents a fresh view of contemporary Latin American jewelry exploring the mastery, creativity and resourcefulness of today’s Latin American jewelry design.


Objects of adornment have been a significant part of Latin American history. From the strong ritual, mystic and symbolic function of jewelry in the pre-Columbian era to the shiny opulence that distinguishes the members of the Mexican drug cartels nowadays, Latin Americans have always had a profound and intricate relationship to jewelry. A new generation of Latin American jewelry makers is interested in exploring that relationship, observing jewelry outside its conventional frame.


“The new Latin American jewelry must be understood for what it is, instead for what it
is not,” says curator Valeria Vallarta Siemelink. “Far from being an imported concept from western countries, jewelry as art in Latin America is the sensible and varied product of a unique historical process and of an incredibly diverse and modern society that must be seen free of prejudice and of the stereotypes that typify the Latin American culture.”


Think Twice has been organized in three idle groups: History, Memory and Tradition; A Great Senesce of Inventiveness¸ Latin America as a Source of Inspiration. Rather than imposing a rigorous system of classification, they attempt to give sense to a broad and diverse selection. Many of the works that integrate the collection could easily fit into more that one of these groups.

The collection as a whole reflects the continent’s historical development, dynamic mix of cultures and its socio-political realities, all of which a Latin American jewelry nowadays intersects between conventionally distinct categories of craft, visual art and design. It fuses seemingly diverse references, concepts and materials, resulting in an impressive array of ornaments full of meaning and vitality.


After its stay in Estonia, Think Twice will be presented at the Franz Mayer Museum of Applied Art and Design in Mexico City and the Centro de las

Artes de Monterrey, Mexico.

ARTISTS: Dionea Rocha Watt, Stella Bierrenbach, Dani Soter, Lúcia Abdenur; Claudia Cucchi, Ana Videla, Hena Lee, Mirla Fernandes, Udi Lagallina, Kika Alvarenga, Bettina Terepins, Célio Braga, Renata Porto, Helena Rezende, Caio Mourao, Reny Golcman, Ana Paula de Campos (Brazil); Eduardo Graue, Isel Mendoza, Mariana Acosta, Martacarmela Sotelo, Andres Quiñones, Laura de Alba, Jorge Manilla, Tsimani Jesus Renteria, Yolanda Resendiz, Alejandra Solar, Maria Paula Amezcua, Lorena Lazard, Zinna Rudman, Mauricio Lara, Teresa Margolles, Aline Berdichevsky, Enrique Ledesma, Antonio Pineda (Mexico); Mariana Shuk, Linda Sanchez, Andrés Fonseca, Alejandra Hernández, Helena Biermann Angel, Carolina Martínez Linares, Laura Alvarado, Alina López, Maria Constanza Ochoa, Nicolas Estrada, Martha Camargo Lawrance, Nuria Carulla (Colombia); Hugo Celi, Santiago Ayala (Ecuador); Luis Acosta, Guigui Kohon, Alejandra Agusti, Cecilia Richard, Leda Daverio, Silvina Romero, Magali Anidjar, Elisa Gulminelli, Paula Isola, Jorge Castañón, Jimena Ríos, Gabriela Horvat, Marina Molinelli, Ariel Kupfer, Gaston Rois (Argentina); Ximena Briceño (Peru/Australia); Alex Burke (Martinique); Benjamin Lignel (France); Julieta Odio (Costa Rica); Chequita Nahar (Surinam); Carlos Martiel (Cuba); Carolina Hornauer, Valentina Rosenthal, Walka Studio (Claudia Betancourt, Ricardo Pulgar), Carolina Gimeno (Chile); Marie Pendariès (France/Mexico); Samantha Fung (Venezuela); Giselle Morales, Raquel Paiewonsky (Dominican Republic); Ursula Guttmann (Austria); Nilton Cunha (Brazil/Belgium); Aurélie Dellasanta (Switzerland/Mexico); Alcides Fortes (Cape Verde/Mexico); Beate Eismann (Germany/Mexico); Alexander Bourtteia (France/ Belize); Thelma Aviani (Brazil/Spain); Marta Hryc (Poland/Mexico); William Spratling (USA); Art Smith (Cuba/USA); Olga Maria Piria (Uruguay).

Think Twice New Latin American Jewelry is organized by Otro Diseño and curated by Valeria Vallarta Siemelink. The Otro Diseño Foundation for Cultural Cooperation and Development is a Dutch-Mexican organization based in The Netherlands and dedicated to the conceptualization and development of projects that promote the exchange of ideas, expertise and resources among designers and jewelry makers from Europe and Latin America. With a strong emphasis on contemporary jewelry, Otro Diseño explores the richness and diversity of design throughout the world.

Supported by:
Otro Diseno Foundation, Prince Claus Foundation, The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Estonian Cultural Endowment, The Estonian Academy of Art, Hop Gallery.

Curator: Valeria Vallarta Siemelink
Display design: Kaire Rannik
Graphic design: Tuuli Aule

Exhibition will be accompanied by the artists presentations day – 22.02. 2013 at 10 am in the Estonian Academy of Arts.

For further information:
Curator: Valeria Vallarta Siemlink
Otro Diseno Foundation
+31 35 7725844

Curator in Estonia: Ketli Tiitsar
The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

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