Portable DiscussionThe project's aim is to raise the discussion about current issues in the Middle East through an international art exhibition in which jewelry is the chosen media.
Why jewelry?Jewelry is an intimate art medium within the private and the public space which offers a personal relationship and an encounter between the wearer ,the viewer audience and the actual jewelry. It is an invitation to start a conversation and it can make a meeting possible. The body is a portable show case and the wearer chooses what and how to exhibit on him/her. Jewelry express the wearer character and sense of humor, it acts as an extension to the wearer personality, indicating his/her group of belonging, it is asking questions or claiming its opinion about the reality in which we live in, about our society, our surrounding and ourselves.
By wearing jewelries we attain communication.
Cause we care.The region's history and present are seeded with continuous violent national, ethnic and other conflicts. In many aspects the Middle East is considered to be one of the most sensitive and unstable regions in the world; strategically, economically, politically, culturally and religiously. It is located in the center of the international politics agenda. Its historical role, its huge reserves of crud oil and its significance for the three largest monotheist religions are usually taken as reasons for the world's ardent interest in the region. But the attitude towards the Middle East has pasted the point of a keen interest in world affairs.
By now it seems clear that the Middle East is perceived, especially by consumers of Western media, as the place where world dramas converge, or - more accurately - collide. It is almost the opposite of the Bermuda Triangle: everything that happens there pops up on our radars.
What is the Middle East? What is the source of our attraction to it? Is it just that it happens to be the most eventful place on earth? What is the nature of our commitment to effecting the future of the region? Do we really care about what goes on there? Do we really care about what goes on anywhere that is elsewhere? Do we care about the Middle East in a way similar to the way we care about how people look at us? Do we care about it the way we care about what people see in us?
What are we looking for?The work should have an unexpected creative concept. The jewelry pieces can express a belief, a wish, it can be a trigger to start a discussion, raising questions, showing your opinions, a teaser, a protest or what ever you find relevant to the topic. Where to begin?Suggested topics for studying and reflecting on the
Middle East theme: - Human Rights: civil rights, political rights, social rights - Economy, Society, Culture - Religion, Minority, Nationality - U.S and the West - Orientalism, Colonialism - Conflicts: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel-Palestine etc. - Migration, Refugees - Coexistence & Peace
About usI Care A Lot is a not-for-profit, non-governmental group which aim is to facilitate the dialogue between the diverse cultures.
I Care A Lot is a platform for contemporary jewelry art whose aim is also to promote and raise its legibility as an art form by dealing with current issues.
I Care A Lot was founded in Stockholm, Sweden 2009 by Dana Hakim a jewelry artist and Yosef Bercovich a graphic designer
I have a Master of Fine Arts in applied arts and crafts degree, I’m curios about life and I like a lot of things, everyday life things transformed into art is one of my interesting…
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I will have this blog to showing the times between, the life, the process and all kind of inspiration sources for my art work.
I’m working mostly with body related art; jewellery art, but I also lecturing and working with photo and enamel… My focus is on recycling material in different shapes.