A photo narrative workshop and exhibition project inspired by art jewellery.

Galerie Weltraum, Munich_7-10 July 2022_Schmuck 2022

Application deadline: 15 May 2022

Is it possible to express art jewellery’s intrepid and experimental spirit, boldness and innovation, social and political engagement by using the same visual language established luxury houses or mass production brands use?

Art jewellery differs from high-end or industrial jewellery in concept, material, purpose, meaning, production, marketing.

However, art jewellery photography often uses similar standards or clichés.

Objects shot against white or black background or worn by a smiling or frowning model may look nice; but they reveal nothing about the artist’s philosophy. 

Compared to the expensive advertisement campaigns of established brands, art jewellery styling often uses a visual language it masters poorly, thus its message is “lost in translation”; it does not reach the public, Press, industry experts or recruiters. Art jewellery is brave; art jewellery photography is mostly conservative.

The project SMCK Shots addresses innovative jewellery artists who wish to become familiar with the history, semiotics, genres or technical possibilities of photography. It challenges them to explore new perspectives and to deploy their narrative.

The project SMCK Shots combines an online workshop with a photo exhibition during Schmuck 2022 Munich, a live online presentation with a catalogue documentation. The photo exhibition SMCK Shots inspired takes place in Galerie Weltraum that, at the same time, hosts SMCK On Reel international video festival (7-10 July 2022).

The workshop consist of two online weekend meetings in May 2022 (Total of 12 hours); it focuses on the history of photography, explains visual semiotics and social symbols, studies specific examples of design, fashion and jewellery photography and gives participants technical advice on how to shoot and edit exciting photos with a low cost equipment. Individual coaching answers participants specific questions.

Each artist participates with a diptych (two photos) which will be printed and exhibited in Galerie Weltraum. An exhibition catalogue in SMCK Magazine will document the project SMCK Shots. A live online presentation of the event gives participants the opportunity to present their jewellery. Artists do not have to be present in Munich. 

How to apply: Send us your statement and six photos of your work or send us your website link. Add a short cover letter on why you wish to participate in SMCK Shots.

Participation fee: 320,00 euro payable in two installments 


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