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Mah Rana
Meanings and Attachments - MIMA commission


public venues around Middlesborough

October 9 - 21, 2006

work: 15 pieces

MIMA commissioned Meanings and Attachments as an off-site pre-launch exhibition to promote the opening of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

invitation for participants:

This was an opportunity to extend the boundaries and limitations of previous Meanings and Attachments events. The event was staged over a period of two weeks, working most days, and the intention was to photograph and talk to individuals in Middlesbrough in their own social environment, such as Latin line-dancing classes, skateboard parks, the beach etc. It was also the intention that the images would have a cinematic quality that would reflect the story telling aspect of the photograph.

By using billboards in the shopping precincts of Middlesbrough, the work explored the notion of public and private display. This aspect was also presented in the use of the calendar format as another method of display and dissemination of ideas. The calendar includes an artist essay I never take it off.

Meanings and Attachments MIMA Calendar 2007

During the two week period that the images were displayed in Adshell poster site, another form of dissemination took place in the form of the adoption of page 7 in the Evening Gazette. Every day for two weeks a different image and text was printed on page 7 that related to the Adshell exhibition.

Working for such an intense period focused my thoughts about jewellery as a transitional object and the psychological importance that a piece of jewellery can hold for us.

Jewellery historians such as Monica Gasper from Barcelona and Leisbeth den Besten from the Netherlands have included examples drawn from Meanings and Attachments within their published lectures when discussing the changing role of the artist jeweller, for example in Borderline by Leisbeth den Besten, a lecture given at JMGA conference, Sydney, January 27 - 29, 2006.

related outcome:
Mah Rana: Where do I go from here?

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