Premier in Berlin: We Love Africa… by Markus Öhrn

PREMIER at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.
The 5th of October at 20:00.

“Daddy” is caught in a crisis. The family has managed to escape the horrors of Joseph Fritzl’s cellar, now daily routine dominates life. The division of social roles has been weakened by middle-class, westernized ways of life: daddy still might be head of the family, the provider and protector of women and children, but he has been ‘castrated’ by society’s lack of recognition for his role as patriarch and feels restricted in the implementation of the family project.

We love Africa and Africa loves us takes up where Conte d’Amour left off. While Conte d’Amour described the story of a vertical “stepping down” in the cellar of romantic love, in this new production by Markus Öhrn [Niskanpää/Berlin], Institutet [Malmö/Berlin] and Nya Rampen [Helsinki/Berlin], the family has managed to make it to the ground floor. From here – a kind of ground zero of modern democracy – its members try to find external justification for their internal psychology. Western images of Africa as an unknown, wild, authentic place in need of aid conveniently lend it the ‘otherness’ the white family needs to redefine and inspire its conventions.

We love Africa and Africa loves us projects ideals of white nuclear families onto the dynamics involved in humanitarian aid for the so-called Third World. This drama about the relationship between helpers and the helped turns post-colonial and racist attitudes into hegemonic, patriarchal fantasies of omnipotence. A projection of inner chaos onto a distant continent called Africa – and a journey to the heart of European darkness.

direction / Stage: Markus Öhrn
Script / research: Anders Carlsson
Composition / Music: Andreas Catjar
Costumes/Scenography: Pia Aleborg
Sculptures/Scenography: Oskar Nilsson
Technical manager: Volker M. Schmidt (Ballhaus Ost)
Production: Alexa Graefe (Institutet), Tina Pfurr (Ballhaus Ost)
Artistic coordinator: Pamela Schlewinski
Press: Yven Augustin
Actors: Anders Carlsson (Institutet), Elmer Bäck, Jakob Öhrman and Rasmus Slätis (Nya Rampen).

Foregin Affairs

Ballhaus Ost


Nya Rampen

Markus Öhrn

Next shows:

18th, 19th, 20th of October at Inkonst, Malmö

9th, 10th, 11th of November at Baltic Circle Festival, Helsinki

13th, 15th, 16th of December at Garage X, Vienna


Book Release – PUSH JEWELRY

My work is featured in the new book “PUSH Jewelry: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Jewelry”.

Curated by Arthur Hash. Marthe Le Van (Author)

Forget what you think jewelry should be, and consider instead what it could become. Curated by popular jewelry maker and blogger Arthur Hash, PUSH Jewelry profiles the cutting-edge work of 30 top jewelry artists from around the world, including such standouts as Lucy Sarneel and Beppe Kessler. These mavericks are creating a bold new language in technique, materials, and subject matter, confidently crossing boundaries between craft and art. Each chapter features six to eight pages of gorgeous photographs and an inspiring Q&A-style interview.

More information about the book and how to buy it.

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1 edition (September 4, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1454703687
ISBN-13: 978-1454703686


ALLA – Group Exhibition at the Rhösska Museum

From the PRESS RELEASE in Swedish:

Är det möjligt att ifrågasätta fördomar
och främlingsfientlighet genom smycken?


Broschen har en särskilt stark tradition som bärare av budskap. Med det som utgångspunkt vill projektet ALLA undersöka broschens förmåga att skapa ingångar till diskussioner kring identitet, främlingsfientlighet och föreställningar om svenskhet. I utställningen presenteras 29 unika broscher tillsammans med fotografier och film.

Projektet ALLA, som premiärvisas på Röhsska museet, är initierat och sammanställt av smyckekonstnärerna Hanna Hedman och Rut-Malin Barklund.

Utställningen pågår till 9 december 2012.


Rehearsals in Berlin

The rehearsals of the performance “We Love Africa and Africa Loves Us” just started.

The premiere will be att Ballhaus Ost the 5th of Octobre 2012, at the Berliner Festspiele (Foregin Affairs).

I am making the costume and props for this performance.

direction, set design, video and photography: Markus Öhrn
text: Anders Carlsson
music: Andreas Catjar
costumes, props and accessories: Pia Aleborg
Actors: Anders Carlsson (Institutet), Elmer Bäck, Jakob Öhrman and Rasmus Slätis (Nya Rampen).

Foregin Affairs

Ballhaus Ost


Metadomestic at MIMA

Metadomestic: contemporary design and craft, is now shown at MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art).

20 July 2012 – 23 November 2012

This exhibition of contemporary design and craft features sculpture, furniture, products and film from a range of British and European artists. Flamboyant, colourful and thought-provoking, Metadomestic challenges our ideas of design and craft in the domestic setting. This is the only UK showing of the exhibition which has toured from Landesgalerie Linz in Austria. Metadomestics is curated by Mònica Gaspar, an international expert on contemporary craft and design.

More information here.


Festival d’Avignon

I just went to the 66th Theatre Festival d’Avignon in France!

I have made costumes and puppets for the performance “Conte d’Amour” that was invited to performe in the official program.

direction, scenography, video and photography: Markus Öhrn
text: Anders Carlsson
music: Andreas Catjar
costumes and accessories: Pia Aleborg

with Elmer Bäck, Anders Carlsson, Jakob Öhrman, Rasmus Slätis

More information about the performance “Conte’dAmour” and the Festival d’Avignon.


Book Release – On Jewellery

My work is featured in the new book “ON JEWELLERY” a compendium of international contemporary art jewellery, by the dutch art historian Liesbeth den Besten.

An indispensable handbook of international contemporary art jewellery, introducing its tendencies and role from the late 1960s to today within the context of current trends in art and society. A synopsis of what art jewellery is and can be.

Artists (a selection):
Pia Aleborg (SE) | Gijs Bakker (NL) | Melanie Bilenker (US) | Manfred Bischoff (DE/IT) | Helen Britton (AU/DE) | Paul Derrez (NL) | Iris Eichenberg (D) | Warwick Freeman (NZ) | Otto Künzli (CH) | Daniel Kruger (ZA/DE) | Yuka Oyama (JP/DE) | Peter Skubic (AT) | Robert Smit (NL) | Annamaria Zanella (IT) | Christoph Zellweger (CH)

240 pages,
17 x 25 cm,
150 illustrations in colour and 41 black-and-white.
Flex-cover. In English.
ISBN: 978-3-89790-349-4

More information about the book and how to buy it.



Book Release – A Girl’s Best Friend

My work is featured in the new book “A Girl’s Best Friend – Creative Jewelry Design” by Die Gestalten Verlag.

Editors: R. Klanten, S. Ehmann
Release Date: March 2012
Format: 17 x 24 cm
Features: 256 pages, full color, hardcover
Language: English
ISBN: 978-3-89955-418-2

More information about the book and how to buy it.


Museum Bellerive

“Entfesselt – Schmuck ohne Grenzen”
11 May – 23 September 2012

My work will be shown at the Museum Bellerive – ein Haus des Museum für Gestaltung Zürich in the show Jewellery Unleashed! together with over thirty artist from all over the world.

Höschgasse 3
CH – 8034 Zürich


Working the Red Carpet

I did not win the Guldbaggen, but I feel like a winner anyway!!! Ha, ha, haaa…

Tha feature film PLAY got in total seven nominations and won two for Best Direction (Ruben Östlund) and for Best Cinematography (Marius Dybwad Brandrud).

Nominations – PLAY
Best Film
Best Direction (Ruben Östlund)
Best Actor (Kevin Vaz)
Best Screenplay (Ruben Östlund)
Best Cinematography (Marius Dybwad Brandrud)
Best Editing (Jacob Schulsinger)
Best Costume (Pia Aleborg)


I am nominated for the 2011 Guldbagge Awards!

I am one of three nominees for “Best Costume Design” in the upcoming 2011 Guldbagge Awards.

The Guldbagge is Sweden’s premier award for ‘outstanding achievement on behalf of Swedish film’ and the nomination is for my work with the feature film Play, directed by Ruben Östlund.


Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

The travelling exhibition “The Ring – Jewel Forever” is now being shown at The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Talinn.

The opening is on Thursday, November 10th 5 p.m.
The exhibition will be open until January 15th 2012.

Read more:

hnoss gallery
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design