Under that Cloud
Cristina Filipe «Minor-Histories, Larger Worlds»

Under that Cloud

Participação de Cristina Filipe
Galeria  Velvet Da Vinci
São Francisco
13 Abr a 29 Mai de 2011


Under that Cloud
April 13 - May 29, 2011

An exhibition of jewelry inspired by 18 artists stranded in Mexico City under the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud. Curated by Jo Bloxham
Exhibition catalog $10.

Memories of Mexico

In April 2010 I was in Mexico City to attend a jewellery symposium called Walking the Gray Area. After a week of wonderfully inspiring talks and exhibitions, it was time to come home. I said my goodbyes and went back to my hotel to pack in readiness for my flight home the next morning. Then, I heard a news flash, which said the skies over Europe were closed due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland. This was too ridiculous to be true. I had to get home as I was travelling to Australia in two days' time. But, as the hours morphed into days it quickly became clear that I was going nowhere soon...

A blitz-like camaraderie developed as dozens of jewellers gather in disbelief, talking of nothing other than how they were going to get home. We were all stranded under a dark cloud, and there was nothing anyone could do but wait for it to pass.

I sat in my hotel room, reluctantly listening to the screech of the organ grinder who had based himself beneath my window. It sounded cute at first, but after a week it became a nerve grinder. To block out this noise I began to think about my time in Mexico and its rich and colourful culture of chaos. It had been a wonderful experience, and I felt sad that this cloud, which was holding me prisoner, would overshadow the memories of my time there.

Then, it all became clear. Why not make something positive out of this? The idea for a new exhibition was born...

Needless to say, I never did get to Australia.

Jo Bloxham, curator

Participating artists:
Agnieszka Knap, Andrea Wagner, Benjamin Lignel, Caroline Broadhead, Cristina Filipe, Gemma Draper, Janina Stübler, Jiro Kamata, Jorge Manilla, Jürgen Eickhoff, Karin Seufert, Lucy Sarneel, Manon van Kouswijk, Nanna Melland, Nedda El-Asmar, Ramón Puig Cuyàs, Sarah O'Hana, Tore Svensson

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