Luisa Kuschel en Peleg Mercedes Matityahu

19 juni t/m 27 augustus 2022

Luisa Kuschel en Peleg Matityahu zijn winnaars van de Marzeeprijs voor afgestudeerden in 2021. Luisa en Peleg hebben op uitnodiging van Marzee 6 maanden verbleven in INTRO, een galerie voor hedendaagse sieraden van pas afgestudeerde studenten. De INTRO in Amsterdam bood hun ook een plek om te wonen en te werken. Het werk dat in Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen te zien is, is gemaakt tijdens hun verblijf in INTRO. Hun werk is te zien tot 27 augustus 2022 samen met de tentoonstellingen van Stefano Marchetti, Carla Nuis en Sondra Sherman.

Luisa Kuschel studeerde (BFA) af aan de Hogeschool (HAWK) in Hildesheim, Duitsland in 2021

The Beaded Confinement

“My BFA graduate project started with the question how we ended up in a world in which black people have been, and still are perceived, as different, if not inferior, to white people. Due to my personal ties to southern Africa I focused on glass beads and their role in this region. Just like in the neighbouring South Africa, glass bead jewellery is worn in Mozambique to manifest people’s African identity in the face of the cultural inundation from Europe and America.”

“With The Beaded Confinement, I aim to draw attention to the hidden aspects of glass beads by presenting them in a different way: enveloping a set of shackles and a chain that prevents people from liberating themselves from the identity attributed to them. In my work, the glass beads are a symbol of enslavement as they were used as a tool to shackle and chain the identity of black people.”

Peleg Mercedes Matityahu is in 2021 afgestudeerd aan het Shenkar College of Art, Design and Engineering in Ramat Gan, Israël.

“A few years ago, I endured a traumatic head injury, ultimately resulting in short-term memory loss. The inability to process new memories led me to research material that would represent and act as a memory holder. A material that would enable disassembly and reassembly through intuitive work by blending the conscious and the subconscious. The result is a series of jewellery that remembers and at the same time forgets what it was and what it is now.”

“I started with whole gypsum strips (/orthopedic cast/ plaster straps) which I disassembled by rinsing with hot water. The water dissolved the gypsum out and thus the gauze was exposed. I reassembled the material by repeated and precise work of weaving silver chains in the discovered textile. Where the cast decided to stay, I expected it in the golden (or silver) leaves.”