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Mah Rana
Jewellery is Life

Exhibition

Fabrica Gallery, Brighton
and touring

September 7 - October 20, 2002
tour dates in 2002 and 2003

work: 27 pieces

Jewellery is Life catalogue pages


Jewellery is Life was the title of a solo exhibition, funded by the Arts Council, at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton. Jewellery is Life is also the umbrella title of an ongoing body of work, which highlights the ways we use jewellery to mark occasions and events, significant or the everyday. Through jewellery and more recently including photography and text, issues of value, communication, personal and collective histories are explored. The work reflects the importance of owning, giving and wearing jewellery throughout our lives. Pieces presented in the exhibition dated from 1996 to 2000 alongside specially commissioned pieces for the exhibition.

was the title of a solo exhibition, funded by the Arts Council, at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton. is also the umbrella title of an ongoing body of work, which highlights the ways we use jewellery to mark occasions and events, significant or the everyday. Through jewellery and more recently including photography and text, issues of value, communication, personal and collective histories are explored. The work reflects the importance of owning, giving and wearing jewellery throughout our lives. Pieces presented in the exhibition dated from 1996 to 2000 alongside specially commissioned pieces for the exhibition.

The design of this exhibition needed to reflect the integrity of the ideas behind the jewellery, and I was in an unusual position as a jeweller to be given an exhibition space of 190sq ft. The display and presentation of the work was designed to involve and choreograph the public’s movement within the whole space of the gallery. This was the first opportunity that I have had to use the display of the work as an essential element of the body of work; to communicate the themes and issues that I am working with. It was also an opportunity to reflect on my previous practice, to challenge perceived notions of jewellery and to include the public in discussion around the question, "Why do we wear jewellery?"

Slideshow: Mah Rana - Jewellery is Life

dissemination:

touring exhibition:
Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, September 7 - October 20, 2002
Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, November 14 - December 31, 2002
Marzee Gallery, Netherlands, April 6 - May 28, 2003

Accompanying book:
Jewellery is Life, Fabrica, 2002 (ISBN 0-9543380-0-6)

As part of the contextual remit of the gallery to facilitate public interpretation, I presented the first event of Meanings and Attachments, an ongoing project creating a written and photographic record of people’s personal connections to the jewellery that they wear. Events have been held in different cities and countries including Tate Britain.

The catalogue of the same title included a commissioned essay by Dr. Augustus Casely-Hayford, a series of short contextual artist essays and an essay by Frances Lord, edited by me. As the artist it was essential that I designed and controlled the layout of the catalogue so that it reflected similar aesthetics and values of the jewellery work. Photographs of the jewellery were printed so that they their presented in their original size.

The exhibition was reviewed in Crafts Magazine and Schmuck.


related outcome:
Mah Rana: Meanings and Attachments

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