Artisans’ archives on show, from Serbia to Croatia

The travelling exhibition, now on show at MAO in Ljubljana, is the result of a two years research on the traditional cultures of making and contemporary design in four countries.

The exhibition showcases the Crafts Archive of 40 craftspeople from Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Serbia through photo documentation and stories, and raises questions about the production in the contemporary world within eight chapters, Crafts — Design Narratives realized through collaborations of more than 30 craftspeople and more then 40 designers from all over the Europe. “Made in” is the result of a research, an ongoing archive of design and heritage that proposes new collaborative practices and knowledge exchange between the traditional craftspeople and contemporary designers. It engages craftspeople, designers, researchers, curators and theoreticians on a quest to pose relevant questions about the topics of heritage and production in today’s society through research and archiving of local crafts, conducting workshops and residencies and promoting ideas through a travelling exhibition.

The exhibition’s title carries a reference to anonymous and to some extent non-human today’s, production which is taking place in the countries of the Far East. It emphasizes the position of design within the current market oriented neo-liberal capitalist paradigm, with a reference to its source – craftsmanship and making, from which the discipline was inseparable up until the advent of industrialization. Today, on the brink of another technological revolution there seems to be a need to pose the questions about our physical and virtual space again: Where is it made? Who is it made by? What is it made of? For whom is it made? Where does it come from? These are the questions and the attitude behind the two years of research that led to the exhibition.

Made in: crafts – design narratives
curated by:
Ivana Borovnjak, Maja Kolar, Koraljka Vlajo (Croatia); Maja Vardjan, Cvetka Požar (Slovenia); Thomas Geisler, Miriam Kathrein (Austria); Relja Bobić (Serbia)
Museum of Architecture and Design – MAO, Ljubljana
20 September 2020

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