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SMCK On Reel, the first international video festival inspired by jewelry and wearable art, presents video works in the context of rapidly changing social and aesthetic values. More than 100 international jewelry artists, designers, art institutions and collectives participated in SMCK On Reel 2022 and 2023 – in Munich, Vilnius, Bucharest, Leipzig, Hamburg, Timisoara (European Capital of Culture), Melitzazz Festival, Greece. They have created amazing video short films - artworks in their own right.
SMCK On Reel highlights themes such as tradition and future, memory and identity, environmental destruction and material awareness, fear and hope, femininity and feminism, gender, and social conventions. Eleven Ukrainian artists tell the story of the spiritual experience of cameo engraving, the omnipresence of destruction and death, the determined resistance, the consolidation of one's own identity, or the ancient rituals to connect with nature.
The medium video introduces the public to the artist's world, concepts and thoughts. Reels deploy the artist's narrative and allow the viewer to indulge in the maker's work. Jewelry not only serves as a starting point for personal stories or statements, but also as a cultural catalyst that can offer emotional insight and change social perception.
Up to now, SMCK On Reel was screened at Weltraum gallery in Munich, Grassi Museum in Leipzig, Museum of Applied Art and Design in Vilnius, National Library of Romania in Bucharest, Faktor art space / Hamburgische Kulturstiftung in Hamburg, Casa IHSO in Timișoara, National Museum of History in Chisinau, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein in Munich.
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The video features the makers of SMCK On Reel, Loukia Richards and Christoph Ziegler. In the 28-minute film, they talk about video, photography and the importance of storytelling and narrative for the contemporary jewelry art sector.