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An Echo from a Distant Previous


  • Tamara Marbl Joka gained the celebrated Herbert Hofmann Prize for 2023
  • Jokl is from the previous Yugoslavia
  • Her successful brooch, Mirror of the Previous, recollects Brutalist structure and provides a style of abrupt endings,  ruptures, open-ended conclusions, and life in ruins

On the Schmuck present, in Munich throughout the Internationale Handwerksmesse, one of the crucial prestigious and necessary awards within the discipline of latest jewellery, the Herbert Hofmann Prize 2023, was given to Tamara Marbl Joka for her brooch Mirror of the Previous. After the announcement of her win, many Instagram accounts and jewellery communities began to repost a picture of this piece, which had the power to inform quite a bit, even with out phrases, simply by its look.

During the Schmuck award ceremony
Throughout the Schmuck award ceremony, 2023, photograph courtesy of Tamara Marbl Joka

The very first thing I came upon about Tamara is that she research within the grasp’s program on the Oslo Nationwide Academy of the Arts KHiO, in Norway. Then I observed whereas studying a brief description of her work that she is from Yugoslavia, a rustic that now not exists. She needed to go away the nation a very long time in the past throughout the tragic occasions that occurred there. The need to attach these fragments of Tamara’s life into one full image caught in my thoughts after I left Munich. 

On the one hand, the theme of reminiscence and its continuation within the work of an artist is all the time fascinating to discover. As a foremost character in Wong Kar-wai’s cult film Chungking Specific mentioned, “If reminiscences may very well be canned, would in addition they have expiry dates?’’

Then again, the issue of migration/immigration has a brand new relevance because of the geopolitical scenario in Japanese Europe. By the way, the theme of the 2024 Venice Biennale is “Foreigners All over the place.” Since March 2022, I’ve additionally change into a foreigner. I needed to go away Belarus, a rustic the place my family, family members, and plenty of buddies stay. I can not return there. Generally it’s not essential to bodily destroy a spot to deprive an individual of their homeland. So the story of Tamara turning materials about her life into artwork holds a sturdy connection to my private {and professional} lifetime of the previous couple of years, therefore my curiosity in her follow. The work may be very sincere, honest, and frank. It speaks about traces which can not be healed however can nourish the inspiration of the artist.

Tamara Marbl Joka, Mirror of the Past
Tamara Marbl Joka, Mirror of the Previous, 2022, brooch, silver, concrete, 3 ½ x 3 ⅛ x ⅜ inches (90 x 80 x 8 mm), photograph: artist

Elena Karpilova: Did you count on to obtain a Herbert Hofmann prize for The Mirror of the Previous?

Tamara Marbl Joka: I didn’t know something till I attended the ceremony.  I got here utterly unprepared, straight from the grocery retailer, and sat within the viewers. I can inform the story about Charon Kransen, my consultant in the US. He didn’t learn about me earlier than he visited Munich this 12 months. Charon arrived at Schmuck 2023 early on the Wednesday [of that week] and went straight to the primary exhibition, Schmuck, wherein my work was introduced. He seemed round and took all of it in, after which walked over to Eva Sarnowski, the coordinator, who he has identified for, like, 30 years. She requested him what he considered the 2023 assortment, to which he answered: “Nicely, I feel the work by Tamara Marbl Joka is a critical contender for the Herbert Hofmann Prize.” He left the following Saturday morning, early, and came upon later that I truly gained the prize!

Tamara Marbl Joka, Mirror of the Past (back)
Tamara Marbl Joka, Mirror of the Previous (again), 2022, brooch, silver, concrete, 3 ½ x 3 ⅛ x ⅜ inches (90 x 80 x 8 mm), photograph: artist

Inform our readers extra about your skilled background. I do know it’s fairly numerous.

Tamara Marbl Joka: I’ve a teaching-oriented instructional background. I obtained my grasp’s diploma in artwork training on the College of South-Japanese Norway, after which I studied Spanish language and literature.

I preferred to color, and when younger I had already begun making jewellery in Sarajevo. Later, in Norway, I arrange a studio in my home and continued exploring the sphere alone. Lastly, my curiosity grew to the purpose the place I made a decision to use to Oslo Nationwide Academy of the Arts.

Making a textual content has a lot in widespread with making a murals. One should discover the fitting path.

Tamara Marbl Joka, Bleeding Sta
Tamara Marbl Joka, Bleeding Star, 2023, brooch, silver, metal, concrete, purple pigment, photograph: artist

What concerning the challenges of switching to the jewellery sphere? Was it tough for you, as a instructor your self, to change to being a scholar once more in maturity?

Tamara Marbl Joka: Ha ha, you must ask my academics!

At first, I felt a bit confused. I wouldn’t say it was tough, nevertheless it took time to change roles (smiling). Nevertheless, I tailored over time. I actually liked the alternatives that college supplied for us.

My professor at KHiO, Jorge Manilla Navarrete, is a extremely lively artist and, from that place, he guides us towards a brand new course of our particular person expressions. With skilled help as our tutor, he motivates us to additional develop our concepts.

Tamara Marbl Joka, Leaving the Show
Tamara Marbl Joka, Leaving the Present, 2023, brooch, silver, black concrete, metal, 3 ¾ x 1 ¾ inches (95 x 45 mm), photograph: Tamara Marbl Joka

Are you able to describe your artistic course of?

Tamara Marbl Joka: In jewellery artwork, we regularly make the most of unconventional supplies, and I work from a story perspective. Any such artwork often originates from a selected idea. The concept itself holds vital significance, and jewellery artwork emerges as an expression inside inventive exploration. Subsequently, it’s essential to be aware of these totally different classes with the intention to perceive the context wherein jewellery artwork is positioned. On the identical time, I goal to stimulate ideas about what jewellery artwork entails as a definite department throughout the realm of utilized arts.

Tamara Marbl Joka, Echoe
Tamara Marbl Joka, Echoes, 2023, brooch, oxidized copper, concrete, metal, photograph: artist

I see in your narrative a parallel with the Brutalist concrete structure of Yugoslavia from the 50s by the 70s.

Tamara Marbl Joka: In my dissolved homeland, concrete held a powerful place, and this materials was overrepresented within the development practices [of the time]. I’m not an architect, however I’ve grown up observing town’s expansions. I spent my childhood on the sidewalks, and it has change into an integral a part of who I’m.

Tamara Marbl Joka in Sarajevo in (left to right) 1970, 1971, and 1981
Tamara Marbl Joka in Sarajevo in (left to proper) 1970, 1971, and 1981, images from the artist’s archive, photograph collage: Elena Karpilova

You needed to go away Yugoslavia while you have been fairly younger. Are reminiscences about your motherland and leaving it nonetheless vivid?

Tamara Marbl Joka: Other than the various nice folks I miss a lot, I bear in mind the grey coloration because of loads of smog and rain. The photographs are available fragments. My mind by no means provides up on performing the convoluted psychological operations. Unexpectedly, the flash illuminates a step from the previous.

I used to be 23 years previous when the struggle began in 1992, and I got here to Norway on the finish of the 12 months, along with my mom and child nephew. He had misplaced his mom—my sister—that 12 months. A bullet created a gap within the window close to the infant’s mattress. The second to depart had arrived, and, on the break of daybreak, we gathered solely the important objects and launched into a deadly journey.

Tamara Marbl Joka, Timeline (installation view)
Tamara Marbl Joka, Timeline (set up view), 2023, photograph: artist

Alongside together with your well-known work, The Mirror of the Previous, you have got brooches and collection of items referred to as Leaving the Present, The Higher District, and Echoes. There’s additionally the Timeline set up. They’re all related together with your previous, aren’t they?

Tamara Marbl Joka: Sure, all of the brooches are tied to the previous and, clearly, they include narrative parts. Normally, I envision a recognizable city panorama, the place I hear laughter by a damaged window on a road nook or odor the rain from the cracks behind a primary kiss. There are not any folks, but I nonetheless hear sounds and sense smells.

An echo from a distant previous carries with it an abrupt ending, a rupture, an open-ended conclusion. Every thing appears absurd, however on the identical time it feels actual, like a frozen ending. However I’m removed from completed. It’s an everlasting quest, continually difficult. A weird switch of discomfort.

Tamara Marbl Joka, Timeline
Tamara Marbl Joka, Timeline, 2023, brooch, oxidized copper, concrete, textiles, metal, 3 ½ x 3 ⅛ x ⅜ inches (90 x 80 x 10 mm), photograph: artist

In your Timeline set up, you utilize totally different languages and storytelling instruments. Please inform us extra about this piece.

Tamara Marbl Joka: Right here was a linear timeline with three pictures and jewellery. I took the photographs myself in numerous locations over the previous 20 years. They’re associated to distinct moments of my life.

A standard thread was “line,” portrayed as a clothesline, a barbed wire, and a few energy cables with birds on them. The final brooch within the collection additionally featured flying birds, and the whole lot culminates with {a photograph} exhibiting a white cloud within the sky.

There’s something particular concerning the objectivity of pictures in contributing to a creative expression. The photographic materials was meant to evoke reminiscences of previous occasions. The benefit of utilizing pictures is that it allows us to delve into particulars that depict fact and actuality. These particulars are naturally attributed to a documentary and real looking perform. I didn’t select photographic materials taken straight within the struggle, however, as a substitute, photographs that may be related to my previous experiences. Figuring out the content material will point out how the picture motifs relate to my particular time and area. This identification serves as a pointer that signifies the course one should take to achieve the representations conveyed by the motifs. They are often interpreted as symbols that consult with features of the actual world.

Tamara Marbl Joka, Timeline (detail)
Tamara Marbl Joka, Timeline (element), 2023, brooch, oxidized copper, concrete, textiles, metal, 3 ½ x 3 ⅛ x ⅜ inches (90 x 80 x 10 mm), photograph: artist

Engaged on or with reminiscences, with these echoes from previous, is a selected course of which might retraumatize or heal—two opposites. What’s it to you?

Tamara Marbl Joka: As a way to understand issues, we seek for references to previous perceptions. It’s a sort of processing. Whether or not they’re good or dangerous reminiscences, they’re with us. At occasions, it could appear as if I count on these moments to ultimately reveal a unique previous. Then I’m wondering if it’s my desires or my reminiscences or each. It’s a style of life in ruins.

Tamara Marbl Joka, Echoe
Tamara Marbl Joka, Echoes, 2023, brooch, oxidized copper, concrete, metal, photograph: artist

By which upcoming exhibits and/or festivals in 2023–2024 can we “style” these echoes, see your works?

Tamara Marbl Joka: Proper now I’m exhibiting on the Oslo Nationwide museum at The Annual Crafts Exhibition.

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