Our mentor, Jorge Manilla

“Jorge made me step outside my comfort zone and face my fears. Thus, it changed my creative process.” P.I.

“He, who changes the questions.” G.N.

“My experience with this workshop was revolutionary for my jewelry, it gave me courage to make concept pieces using unconventional materials.” L.E.

“He helped me take unexpected roads, and guided me lovingly through an extraordinary and rewarding deep inner search.” G.L.

“Jorge made me step outside my comfort zone and face my fears. Thus, it changed my creative process.” P.I.

“He, who changes the questions.” G.N.

“My experience with this workshop was revolutionary for my jewelry, it gave me courage to make concept pieces using unconventional materials.” L.E.

“He helped me take unexpected roads, and guided me lovingly through an extraordinary and rewarding deep inner search.” G.L.

“I first started with an unfamiliar material, a vague idea and the will to rip off old corsets. Today, the idea and the material are taking shape and I am slowly getting out of my corset. Thank you, Jorge.” L.G.

“The material, the shape, the concept. Ideas turned into projects under Jorge Manilla’s smart, respectful and experienced guidance. He established an open dialogue which guaranteed a safe group environment to facilitate creation. A real master.” C.R.

“Jorge suggests, he does not tell you what to do. He has a generous and ever inspiring view. Every suggestion triggers a new action. His work is so powerful, but as the true master he is, he separates his own artistic vision from the work and search of each participant to this workshop.” R.C.

“Intense, committed, magical.

A unique opportunity for me.

Thank you, Jorge and partners. I enjoy every meeting with you, your work, your comments and your knowledge.” M.S.

“This workshop meant a turning point in my work as a contemporary jewelry artist.” V.B.

“It meant going beyond what I thought I was able to. It allowed me to explore and dive into my creative world to emerge with a clearer and stronger mind about what I wanted to say and how to do it.” M.W.

“Endless search.” R.A.

“This group experience leaded by Jorge encouraged a profound search of concept and materials in my work.” H.A.

“A deeply moving and intense experience which resulted in significant growth.” P.B.F.

De lo plástico a lo visual, by Jorge Manilla

“What is Left Unsaid” is the result of a project tutored and guided by Jorge Manilla. This exhibition reflects the personal vision and artistic identity of 16 contemporary jewelers from two countries (15 Argentineans and 1 Chilean).

I undertook the huge responsibility of guiding each artist in a search for the essence of personal identity, and, at the same time, the identity of the group. To begin with, I asked them to reflect upon their ideas and personal viewpoints within the framework of society. It was a lengthy process in which we encountered artistic, cultural and social reflections, finally allowing an honest glimpse of the essence of the artistic identity of each participant. I was always aware of the complexity of this project, especially when dealing with identity these days, and even more so in reference to a Latin American identity and its role in the international jewelry field.

During long hours discussing art, society, personality and identity, it was never our intention to look for absolute truths nor did we stray from our common interest, contemporary or art jewelry. Questions that arose inspired personal ways of creating art, and the artist-tutor-group interaction led to new questions and viewpoints regarding what each individual wanted to express as well as what the group might have in common.

Poverty, inequality, mythology, fantasy, sickness and suffering were looked at from very personal points of view. Particular attention was given to the choice and use of materials; instead of random or aesthetic reasons, research and transformation turned ideas into materiality.

The result is a variety of narrative languages shown in over 100 works created in different expressive formats, including jewelry, photography, installation, objects, drawings, graphics, and videos. This project opens a dialogue while it shows a very Latin American vision of art jewelry, and its relationship with the body, time, place, and space.

Since the first workshop, two years ago, this group of jewelry artists has become Caracu, a group united by an unrelenting creative necessity to express thoughts and feelings, to communicate their vision of the often mundane facets that impact society, facets that, while often talked about are rarely expressed.

It has been a pleasure working with you all.

Jorge Manilla / 04.2020

Jorge Manilla
Website: jorgemanilla.com
Email:  manillajorge@yahoo.com
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