The Graduation Show 2021 will take place at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie buildings from 7 until 11 July 2021.
The Jewellery – Linking Bodies department proudly presents the works of seven outstanding artists: Mathilde Arens, Augustina Banyte, Chella Giphart, Minhwa Kang, Eva Mahhov, Virág Szálas-Motesiczky and Diane Reynier. They share an interest in how bodies relate to the worlds in which they are immersed, as well as a desire to make use of their graduation show as an opportunity for a lively and collective research.
The Graduation Show can only be visited by reservation, this by booking a specific time slot in advance. Book your time slot online from this Wednesday, June 23 onwards on our website rietveldacademie.nl
The 2021 trophy of the Jan Hanlo Essay Prize was designed by second-year student Alma Teer of the Jewellery-Linking Bodies department. Her initial inspiration derived form a paper plane that in its innocence and fragility contrasts sharply with the noisy airplanes described by Jan Hanlo in his poem ‘Never Quiet Again’. To transform this concept into a trophy, Alma recalled her first memory of a ceremony, namely the awarding of her swimming diploma. The trophy is a hand-calligraphed certificate that was first signed by the jury’s chair and the prize winner, then folded into a paper plane and handed over to the prize winner by air. The awarding explored both the trophy as an object and the moment when someone is honored as a winner. The assignment was supervised by guest lecturer Liesbet Bussche.
In Material culture studies, objects are considered markers for culturally defined differences, identity markers and strongly culture-bearing. Through the three days workshop ‘All you need is…’ students will use objects as inspiration and as questions, to sharpen their awareness towards the network of material things, which we use to shape our world and which in turn shape us as humans.
As an attempt to uncover essential meaning in existing small matter. The students at the workshop were asked: What are objects capable of? What is the most important role of the objects you are making? What values do you cherish? What values would you like to implement into your own work? What story is worth telling?
Gitte Nygaard, artist and maker: I work across disciplines to expand conversations and inspire awareness of the relationship between ourselves and the objects we live with. My work moves beyond the gallery, connects the seemingly unexpected and explores the often overlooked. I create artworks, functional objects, collections, commissioned pieces and project based collaborations.