Expo | Adornment

Expo | Adornment

A colorful exhibition with work of Chieri Higa, Erik Vermeulen, Jukka Mathijssen, DAMSELFRAU and Samira Charroud, curated by Eva van der Moer.

1 Feb/ 1 Mar
13.00 – 17.00

Opening Saturday 1st of February, 15h00 – feel welcome to join!

In February, the month which is shaped by the southern and exuberant carnival, we show Adornment. A colorful exhibition with the work of Chieri Higa, Erik Vermeulen, Jukka Mathijssen, Samira Charroud and the famous Damselfrau. The exhibition can be viewed from February the 1st to March the 1st in the historic Albert Van abbe Huis, in Eindhoven.

Anthropologically, carnival is a ritual of reversal, in which social roles are reversed and norms about desired behavior are suspended. Wearing masks would have originally been related to the worship of deceased ancestors, but it is not only the body-related works in which we find hidden stories.

Decorations, symbols and ornaments have a long and global history, from feathers to beads to contemporary accessories such as masks and mirrors. These decorations are often made to indicate their cultural, social or religious status within the community. By the message of the embellishments, these cheerful decorations let the wearer or owner of these pieces to stand out from others. The ornaments and symbols tell us something about someone’s life story, but also the state of current politics, someone’s rank or social status, gender, geography and ancestry. During this highly alarming era of corporate corruption, polarization and climate abuse, curator Eva van der Moer wonders what stories need to be told today.