PEARLS UPSIDE DOWN
Ana Margarida Carvalho, Aurea Praga, Beatriz Horta Correia, Birgit Laken, Carlos Silva, Castello Hansen, Claude Schmitz, Claudia Hoppe, Daniel Kruger, Danni Schwaag, Dulce Ferraz, Ela Bauer, Etsuko Sonobe, Grego Garcia, Helena Johansson Lindell, Heejoo Kim, Herman Hermsen, Young-I Kim, Joanne.T, Kaori Juzu, Laura Frazão Matos, Lauren Kalman, Leonor Hipólito, Marta Costa Reis, Masako Hamaguchi, Melanie Isverding, Nikolay Sardamov, Paula Crespo, Philip Sajet, Réka Lörincz, Sofia Bjorkman, Sophie Hanagarth, Stephanie Jendis, Tanel Veenre, Terhi Tolvanen, Vera Pinto, Young-I Kim, Zwetelina Alexieva.
Opening: Saturday, 25 November, 17:00 — 20:00.
28 November – 10 January 2018
What about the pearls and their necklaces? From symbol of wealth and opulence to symbol of sobriety, from fantastic jewelery, sensual and transgressive to model of bourgeois modesty, the pearls surround us in multiple scenarios and multiple senses.
Beside the quiet collar of the grandmothers, we have Louise Brooks’s or Emmanuelle’s, alongside the puritanical collar of the typical North American executive (the only permissible jewel in the almost masculine uniform), we have the excessive adornments of the rajas of India, not to mention the earring of the girl from Vermeer, or from a corsair turned into a virginal little girl’s earring.
The pearl is born, like Venus, from a shell, but we do not recognize in it the same erotic and libertarian appeal. The pearl was domesticated. It is today a symbol of purity, chastity and restraint and, let’s face it, boring!
Can contemporary jewelery claim as its own the “stone” wich seems so classic and conservative today?
Marta Costa Reis, 2017
for Galeria Reverso