Valeria Vallarta Siemelink – Artwork Jewellery Discussion board

Valeria Vallarta Siemelink
Valeria Vallarta Siemelink in 2015, picture: Hes Siemelink

Sadly, on Could 1, 2021, Valeria Vallarta Siemelink handed away. She was a devoted champion for consciousness of Latin American jewellery and design internationally. She died too younger at age 49 in Portugal.

She was born in 1971 in Mexico Metropolis. There, she studied structure and museography. Later, she acquired her MA in museography in Amsterdam. This was adopted by a second MA in exhibition design from the Nationwide Institute of Anthropology and Historical past, in Mexico Metropolis. She additionally acquired a doctorate in artwork historical past from the Nationwide Autonomous College of Mexico.

In earlier years she spent durations of time in Germany working for UNESCO. She did humanitarian work with kids in Gaza. There was additionally a stint as a volunteer interpreter in French and Spanish within the residential program for Chief Canines for the Blind.

Valeria Vallarta Siemelink
Valeria Vallarta Siemelink in 2010, picture: Hes Siemelink

Throughout her research in Amsterdam, Valeria met Dutch jeweler Alcides Fortes. They married and moved to Mexico. There, they established a flourishing jewellery enterprise with 14 staff. She additionally met her second husband, Hes Siemelink, there. She returned to The Netherlands with him. They lived in Amsterdam and later in Hilversum. They’d three kids.

Through the years, an autoimmune illness that emerged in her late teenagers worsened. The mounting ache more and more impacted her actions and actions. Even so, together with her plentiful vigor she compressed extra into the years she had than most individuals do in a for much longer lifetime. When nothing may enhance her situation or ease her ache, the household left the chilly and damp Dutch local weather. In early 2019 they settled in hotter, drier Portugal. They hoped Valeria would discover reduction there.

Exhibition view, Think Twice
Exhibition view, Suppose Twice, Nationwide Heart for the Arts, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, 2013, picture: Hes Siemelink

Valeria launched herself to me throughout the opening of the 2008 European Triennial for Up to date Jewelry, in Belgium. Her vibrantly heat, beneficiant, and welcoming character drew me to her. We stayed involved and have become associates. Her stunning chortle, beneficiant Mexican hospitality, and wonderful culinary abilities made me really feel a powerful connection. She had a fast wit, an open coronary heart, humor, love. And her general information of latest jewellery! We had been comparable but in addition completely different. We each got here from one other nation. Every had lived in no less than one different nation and tradition earlier than settling in The Netherlands. These experiences and our observations round them fostered a fast bond.

Valeria felt compelled to offer Latin American designers and artwork jewelers a voice. She needed them to be acknowledged. Valeria hoped to convey them into the fold of worldwide design and up to date artwork jewellery communities. She sought to convey them out of isolation.

Why this isolation? Artwork faculties in Latin American nations didn’t and, to my information, nonetheless don’t provide research for up to date jewellery from an arts-related standpoint. Jewellery coaching there stays restricted to the technical area of valuable steel and stones. Arts schooling is directed at established artwork disciplines: portray, sculpture, and different media. Utilized artwork coaching is geared towards objects for sensible use. Latin America thus lacked a community of specialised artwork jewellery galleries or comparable venues for publicizing and promoting up to date jewellery.

Valeria was nicely conscious of this absence in inventive coaching in jewellery crafts. She noticed that this case held many Latin American artists again from entry into the established European and worldwide networks of jewellery makers, sellers, and collectors.

(Left to right) Emilia Cohen, from Galería Emilia Cohen; Valeria Vallarta Siemelink; Carolina Rojo Rubio; and Ms. Romero, from Galería Emilia Cohen, at the exhibition opening for Walking the Gray Area, at Galería Emilia Cohen
(Left to proper) Emilia Cohen, from Galería Emilia Cohen; Valeria Vallarta Siemelink; Carolina Rojo Rubio; and Ms. Romero, from Galería Emilia Cohen, on the exhibition opening for Strolling the Grey Space, at Galería Emilia Cohen, Mexico Metropolis, 2010, picture: Hes Siemelink

She knew many Latin American artist makers and their histories. These artists intuitively created authentic work that contrasted with their nation’s mainstream fashion. They yearned for extra art-based coaching. They desperately needed a group of makers, galleries, collectors. Some had studied at artwork jewellery faculties elsewhere on the earth. After returning dwelling, they discovered themselves confined in a inventive bubble {of professional} loneliness. It’s troublesome to proceed and develop with out common inventive exchanges with equally minded makers. It’s difficult when there aren’t any related alternatives to current one’s work to a pertinent public. It’s dispiriting when not even one up to date jewellery gallery exists wherever on the continent with the understanding or clientele for such work.

From 2003 by 2006 Valeria efficiently organized quite a lot of smaller and bigger exhibitions in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. These had been primarily round design and vogue. They offered work by revolutionary Latin American makers from completely different disciplines.

In 2006 she based the Otro Diseño Basis for Cultural Cooperation and Growth.[1] Her love of latest jewellery finally drove her to focus on exhibiting compelling up to date jewellery by Latin American artists in Europe.

(Left to right) unknown; unknown; Emilia Cohen, of Galeria Emilia Cohen; Valeria Vallarta Siemelink, with microphone; and Carolina Rogo Rubio giving a presentation at Gray Area
(Left to proper) unknown; unknown; Emilia Cohen, of Galeria Emilia Cohen; Valeria Vallarta Siemelink, with microphone; and Carolina Rogo Rubio giving a presentation at Grey Space, Mexico Metropolis, 2010, picture: Hes Siemelink

I personally witnessed a major achievement. It touched me deeply. The symposium Grey Space[2] was a robust milestone for Latin American jewelers. It came about in Mexico Metropolis in spring 2010. I want to convey Valeria’s foresight and the extent to which this occasion represented a turning level. So I’ll take you to its starting.

(On the stage, left to right) José Manuel Springer, Andres Fonseca, Andrea Wagner, Valeria Vallarta Siemelink, Hes Siemelink, and Carolina Rojo Rubio at Gray Area
(On the stage, left to proper) José Manuel Springer, Andres Fonseca, Andrea Wagner, Valeria Vallarta Siemelink, Hes Siemelink, and Carolina Rojo Rubio at Grey Space, Mexico Metropolis, 2010, picture: Ketli Tiitsar

By 2009, Valeria was exploring learn how to convey a present of latest Latin American jewellery to The Netherlands. However which museums can be prepared to point out the sort of work? She thought it extra related to prioritize one other mission that would pave the way in which. It could be extra advantageous, too. This mission can be a five-day symposium in Mexico Metropolis. She known as it Grey Space. It could have round 40 audio system and lots of panel discussions. There can be a primary exhibition, Strolling the Grey Space. She deliberate a beneficiant variety of satellite tv for pc displays. These can be held in several venues sprinkled all through the town. Workshops would happen throughout the day. There can be exhibition openings and cultural social occasions within the evenings.

(Left to right) Marloes van Beveren, from the Dutch Embassy, Mexico City; Emilia Cohen, from Galería Emilia Cohen; Valeria Vallarta Siemelink; Andrea Wagner; Carolina Rojo Rubio; and Ms. Romero, from Galería Emilia Cohen, at the exhibition opening for Walking the Gray Area, at Galería Emilia Cohen, Mexico City
(Left to proper) Marloes van Beveren, from the Dutch Embassy, Mexico Metropolis; Emilia Cohen, from Galería Emilia Cohen; Valeria Vallarta Siemelink; Andrea Wagner; Carolina Rojo Rubio; and Ms. Romero, from Galería Emilia Cohen, on the exhibition opening for Strolling the Grey Space, at Galería Emilia Cohen, Mexico Metropolis, 2010, picture: Hes Siemelink

This was an exhaustive program! Once I first heard the preliminary plans, I couldn’t imagine who was on the planning committee. It consisted of solely Valeria and Carolina Rojo Rubio! Valeria was the main planner/coordinator. She invited me to function second curator for the principle exhibition, Strolling the Grey Space.[3] It was a really thrilling honor.

(Left to right, front row) Jorge Manilla; Emilia Cohen, from Galería Emilia Cohen; Valeria Vallart Siemelink; (back row shows artists of Walking the Gray Area) unknown; Kajsa Lindberg; Hanna Hedman; Ricardo Pulgar, of WALKA Chilean Craftmakers; and Andres Fonseca, at the exhibition opening for Walking the Gray Area, at Galería Emilia Cohen, Mexico City
(Left to proper, entrance row) Jorge Manilla; Emilia Cohen, from Galería Emilia Cohen; Valeria Vallart Siemelink; (again row exhibits artists of Strolling the Grey Space) unknown; Kajsa Lindberg; Hanna Hedman; Ricardo Pulgar, of WALKA Chilean Craftmakers; and Andres Fonseca, on the exhibition opening for Strolling the Grey Space, at Galería Emilia Cohen, Mexico Metropolis, 2010, picture: Ketli Tiitsar

Strolling the Grey Space paired 20 Latin American jewellery artists with 20 European jewelers. (For sensible causes, the mission remained confined to European artwork jewelers. The restricted time-frame and funding prevented working with North American artwork jewelers.) It was necessary for the artists to have had a sure migrational expertise and immersion in a foreign country’s tradition.

As we speak, nearly all the pieces appears achieved on-line, even common conferences. This was not the case in 2009. Utilizing a web based weblog to function an trade platform for an artwork mission was nonetheless very novel.

The artist pairs met up on the Grey Space Symposium weblog. They used this on-line platform throughout the six months of the mission. There they exchanged their reflections, experiences, and observations. They mentioned the grey space of being suspended between cultures. They spoke about inspirations and work concepts for the exhibit. All of those exchanges had been absolutely accessible to the general public. That made it fairly fascinating.

An audience awaiting a presentation at Gray Area, Mexico City
An viewers awaiting a presentation at Grey Space, Mexico Metropolis, 2010, picture: Hes Siemelink

Individuals within the Grey Space Symposium weren’t solely from quite a few nations in Latin America. They had been additionally from Europe and Northern America. Orchestrating a multifaceted, week-long occasion of this dimension, particularly in Mexico Metropolis, was a particular feat. It appeared that, till the final second, Valeria was perpetually trouble-shooting to seek out options to every kind of adjustments and cancellations in venue or different preparations! She took these in stride. An answer was all the time discovered. In response to her, this was a traditional factor in Mexico!

The occasion had a rare impact and successive echoes on so many members. This may, for a lot of, symbolize the foremost a part of Valeria’s remembrance. Throughout that great week of information, trade, and assembly with worldwide colleagues, Latin American makers gave intensely enthusiastic responses. The thrill was palpable. It was mirrored within the conversations I had. By no means earlier than had I felt so intensely that an occasion like this had such an impression.

It genuinely made a distinction for thus many. The symposium opened up a large number of doorways to such a lot of makers. It was great. New inspiration. New contacts. New exchanges. Potentialities for growth. Belonging to a group of artist jewelers bigger than what that they had entry to earlier than.

Valeria Vallarta Siemelink (at left) at one of the evening outings during Gray Area
Valeria Vallarta Siemelink (at left) at one of many night outings throughout Grey Space, Mexico Metropolis, 2010, picture: Hes Siemelink

Sure, it was socially pleasurable. Nevertheless it was a lot greater than an pleasing, fruitful, inspiring assembly of minds. The Grey Space Symposium considerably moved the aim posts for jewelers in Latin American nations. It may be considered a milestone.

Individuals had been introduced into nearer contact with these from different elements of the globe. However most necessary, the reverberations had been felt lengthy after the symposium itself. Over the subsequent few years, it helped generate numerous Latin American initiatives. These had been fostered alongside and supported by Valeria by Otro Diseño.

(Left to right) Andrea Wagner, Valeria Vallarta Siemelink, Paola Araiza Bolaños, and Valeria's aunt, Marta Serrano, at Gray Area
(Left to proper) Andrea Wagner, Valeria Vallarta Siemelink, Paola Araiza Bolaños, and Valeria’s aunt, Marta Serrano, at Grey Space, Mexico Metropolis, 2010, picture: Hes Siemelink

Properly-known European jewelers taught many workshops. These launched conceptual pondering and a extra experimental method to jewellery making. There have been Travelling Workshops in Mexico Metropolis. In Guadalajara there was one by HARDTOFIND jewellery college.[4] WALKA Chilean Craftmakers[5] hosted one in Santiago de Chile. Latin American jewelers started making use of to worldwide up to date jewellery competitions in larger numbers. They enrolled in research overseas. These establishments gave them the coaching and information they couldn’t discover again dwelling. It’s nonetheless an ongoing course of. And the paths accessible have develop into higher identified and traveled on by these looking for them.

Valeria Vallarta Siemelink during the installation of Think Twice
Valeria Vallarta Siemelink throughout the set up of Suppose Twice, Museo Arocena, Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico, 2014, picture: Hes Siemelink

Grey Space additionally drastically contributed to the follow-up success of the bigger exhibit Suppose Twice: Up to date Latin American Jewellery. This present launched later in 2010. It toured till 2014.  Within the US,[6] it was on view in New York[7] and Seattle.[8] It traveled to Tallinn.[9] Museums in Mexico confirmed it: first in Monterrey (within the state of Nuevo León),[10] then in Torreón (Coahuila)[11] and Mexico Metropolis.[12] In consequence, extra of the jewellery group exterior Latin America grew to become acquainted with its gifted makers. This created a extra fertile floor for issues to occur round jewellery in Latin America. There’s now even a Latin American Up to date Jewellery Biennial. It was held in 2016, in 2018, and now in 2021.

Had Valeria not had severe well being points, I’m positive she would have continued full steam forward. In 2017 she began to plan a follow-up symposium. Grey Space II can be held in Spain the next yr. The working theme was near Valeria’s coronary heart: “disposable girls,” violence in opposition to girls, femicide, gender violence in Latin America.

Exhibition view, Think Twice, Franz Mayer Museum
Exhibition view, Suppose Twice, Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico Metropolis, 2014, picture: Hes Siemelink

The exhibition would have introduced collectively many extra artists from across the globe. The organizing, planning, and advisory committees would have included extra folks. There have been extra potential partnerships and sponsors. Two Dutch funding establishments had already reviewed the mission pre-proposal. They’d given it a optimistic analysis. They’d pledged assist to assist develop a plan for a proper funding proposal.

Sadly, Valeria’s well being started deteriorating quickly and acutely in early fall of 2017. Grey Space II by no means got here to be.

Valeria might be missed by many and warmly remembered. Her success in displaying the up to date Latin American jewellery group paths and openings to a wider stage might be a part of her legacy.

Valeria Vallarta Siemelink
Valeria Vallarta Siemelink, picture: Hes Siemelink

[1] https://www.otro-diseno.com/.

[2] http://www.grayareasymposium.org/select-language/.

[3] http://www.grayareasymposium.org/weblog/1050.

[4] http://htf.org.mx/.

[5] http://www.walka.cl/.

[6] Within the US, it was known as Suppose Once more: Up to date Latin American Jewellery.

[7] On the Museum of Arts and Design, https://madmuseum.org/websites/default/information/static/ed/thinkagain_familyguide_small_0.pdf and https://madmuseum.org/press/releases/think-again-new-latin-american-jewelry-showcases-contemporary-jewelry-region-first.

[8] On the Bellevue Arts Museum, https://www.bellevuearts.org/exhibitions/previous/think-twice.

[9] On the Estonian Museum of Utilized Artwork and Design, https://kunstimuuseum.ekm.ee/.

[10] On the Nationwide Heart for the Arts, https://klimt02.web/occasions/exhibitions/34561.

[11] At Museo Arocena, https://klimt02.web/occasions/exhibitions/37795.

[12] At Franz Mayer Museum, https://franzmayer.org.mx/?lang=en and https://carolinagimeno.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/think-twice-new-latin-american-jewelry/.

 

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