Sorry. The Joyaviva exhibition tour has finished. But the social object still lives!
The first journey across the Pacific proved quite auspicious. A wonderful and generous collection of contemporary jewellers came together to activate the lives of many, offering something for us to pin our hopes on. They re-imagined the enchanted realm of amulets, charms and talismans for a modern secular world.
Emboldened by the power of the object, the next journey looks to venture into an area that is not so familiar. Luck is a power that extends our social support beyond its control, such as travel or illness. But what happens when that social support is weak, due to unresolved conflicts?
The challenge is to create objects that can repair the many problems that afflict a society. How do we allow those who have knowingly or not perpetrated injustice show their regret? And how can those who are the victims of this hurt accept this apology, or not?
The second journey involves sharing the history of communities across the Pacific, particularly our unfinished business. Underlying this is a universal condition of social being, in which we eternally dealing with misunderstandings, hurts, resentments and guilt.