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Yunqi Zhang

MA work

Memorial

I often ask myself – what is valuable for us? After losing my grandpa last summer, the strong connection between family is precious for me. Now one year has passed, I created this collection to honour his memory.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Arts & Humanities

    Programme

    MA Jewellery & Metal, 2019

  • 'Seeking Preciousness'

    When people think of the identity of jewellery, precious gemstones and precious metal come to mind because people have an indelible impression that jewellery is valuable. Jewellery is valuable because of its historical association with royalty or elites, and thus its distance from the public in terms of price and access. On the other hand, gemstones are often used as items of family heritage as they will not be devalued by the turbulence of currencies. Thus, jewellery holds a valuable place in the minds of the public. However, the value of jewellery is given by people and is determined by social, cultural and political values. We found these materials in nature and gave them stories and meanings, then formed the identity of 'preciousness'. Today, jewellery consumption is more about the values of modern society, which leaves a serious question we need to think about deeply: what is valuable for us?

  • Degrees

  • BA Jewellery and Metal, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, 2013; Introduction to Curating, Sotheby's Institute of Art, London, 2019
  • Experience

  • Exhibition assistant, Beijing International Contemporary Craft and Jewellery Exhibition, 2015–17
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Sincerely True', International Talent Support, Trieste, 2019; 'Information Point', Lovaas, RCA Jewellery and Metal, Munich Jewellery Week, 2019; 'The Material Statement', Dyson Gallery, London, 2019; 'Image Can Be', The Crypt Gallery, London, 2019; 'THE ORNAMENT', Royal College of Art, London, 2019; Beijing International Contemporary Craft and Jewellery Exhibition, Zhenwu, Beijing, 2017; Beijing International Contemporary Craft and Jewellery Exhibition, Zhenwu, Beijing, 2016; Central Academy of Fine Arts Graduation Show, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, 2017
  • Awards

  • Finalist, Jewellery & Accessories, ITS Award 2019; 3rd Award, Central Academy of Fine Arts Graduation Show, 2017