Tamagit means Identity in tamazight, the language spoken by the amazighs- ethnic groups in North Africa (Tamazgha region). In the word Tamagit we find the essential value of artistic jewelry.
We believe that jewelry, beyond representing intimacy, skin and eternity, is the most precious symbol of identity. Moreover, this word is expressed in a beautiful language spoken by nomadic ethnic groups whose lifestyle consists in travelling, searching and living between tradition and the unknown.
Ouled Naïl girls, Algeria, 1905.
Photography Rudolf Lehnert & Ernst Landrock
WHAT IS TAMAGIT?
Tamagit is a unique cultural project connected to the city of Barcelona which aims at giving value to artwork of contemporary jewelry artists who transform their legacy with their own vital experience. These artists reflect on reality and art and find their “identity”through creation.
Tamagit wants to present each artist’s personal project. Moreover, we are interested in documenting it, explaining it, disseminating it. This is why we can only focus on jewelry born out of a story which is being transformed into a concept and finally shaped in the artist’s atelier. Those artists are aware of tradition and they translate it into contemporaneity. Those artists face concerns, doubts and at the same time they feel the power of creation in their own skin. We believe that this is the only whay in which material can and has to gain value in order to become a unique piece of artistic jewelry, an authentic artwork that transcends its material value.
Beyond its aesthetic value, we are interested in artists that create by displacement (geographical and cultural, material and/or conceptual). Moreover, we are interested in how materials travel from its origin to the design/piece of jewelry and finally to the carrier of that piece, who completes the artwork.
“The marked, painted or tattooed body is only a body with a story. A story that is only important to the one who wants to read it, to the one who is able to understand it.”