precious people – wooden object


This edition of wooden boats is ready to sail.
You can fill in the contact form when you’re interested in a piece.

I created this piece out of powerlessness. How can I, as an individual, make a difference in a humanitarian crisis of this magnitude? I translated activism and involvement into the language of jewellery. After all, people like to look at anything that is beautiful. The refugee situation is not: Europe carries out illegal pushbacks and deprives vulnerable people of their human rights. And this happens even on the open sea. Looking away from such horror is therefore an easy way out.
Through this piece I try to combine beauty and horror. So people don’t look away from it at first glance, but reconsider the situation.The sometimes loaded words from media are removed and the stones have become the language. To name a few aspects: they are unique, precious, but at the same time traded and taken away from the place where long ago their genesis began. I try to make refugees shine by placing them in a different light.
The wooden piece is a reference to the actual situation, the silver piece is the setting they deserve.

This work is a protest. A protest against institutions and media who partly decide how we look upon refugees.
Then the piece was awarded 3 times.
It feels weird to accept a monetary prize for it.
I hesitated first to accept it, but then decided to take the opportunity to try and make a difference.
I’ll make an unlimited edition of wooden boats, as I think it will take some time to show an other perspective about refugees.
Part of the proceeds will go to local organizations that try to improve the living conditions for people in refugee shelters.
All the boats will be filled with 301 unique recycled precious stones, so non of them will be exactly the same.
In this form you can sign up, if you are interested in ordering one of these pieces.
Prices from 2850 euros incl. VAT, depending on the stones.
I’ll contact you soon for more information.

Thank you for your interest in ‘precious people’.

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