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About

Current Obsession is a magazine and platform dedicated to contemporary adornment. CO works to expand and to empower the meaning of what adornment is, currently, by gathering key personal and cultural signifiers  — jewellery, fashion artefacts, digital means of self-enhancement, body modifications, make-up and drag art —  at the core of its practice.

 

Looking at the urgent world matters through the lens of jewellery  — as one of the most fundamental art forms accompanying human existence —  CO raises questions of identity, community, heritage, belonging, and decolonisation of knowledge about jewellery.

 

Appreciated for its experimental approach and unconventional style, CO showcases new ways of presenting and experiencing jewellery, collaborates with exceptional designers and artists, and develops curatorial projects with renowned brands and cultural institutions.

 

CO connects diverse audiences inside and outside of the field of jewellery and amplifies the voices of the makers. The knowledge and expertise of its team, and their desire to continue to search for what is current, have established CO as a trailblazer in contemporary jewellery and beyond, making it the go-to platform for an international and cross-disciplinary network of designers, artists and initiatives.

POSTAL AND VISITING ADDRESS

CURRENT OBSESSION
Rokin 102
1012 KZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

magazine@current-obsession.com

 

 

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INTERNSHIP
Current Obsession offers internship positions throughout the year for periods of 3 months. To apply for an internship with us, please send your motivation letter, C.V. and portfolio to: magazine@current-obsession.com with subject line: INTERNSHIP

Activities

Hailing from the Netherlands, CO’s publishing, curating and community-building activities span a variety of art genres, though they always relate back to jewellery. CO’s ongoing projects include direction and organisation of the biennial OBSESSED! Jewellery Festival, which takes place in various cities across the Netherlands and Belgium (upcoming edition: November 2023). CO is also responsible for communication of Munich Jewellery Week — the most significant annual event for contemporary jewellery that boasts a growing international community of independent artist-run initiatives.

 

In 2018-2019 CO developed and produced the official newsprint publication for New York City Jewelry Week. In 2020 CO was invited to develop content for Parcours Bijoux — a contemporary jewellery triennial in Paris, and begun its collaboration with Stockholm Craft Week, allowing CO an opportunity to branch out to the neighbouring fields: ceramics, glass, and textile.

 

CO team is often invited to consult for brands and institutions, and to give lectures and workshops internationally, in San Diego State University, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Temple University in Philadelphia, Konstfack University in Stockholm, Royal College of Art in London, Estonian Art Academy in Tallinn, Gerrit Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, among others.

 

In 2019 CO launched the Social Club Membership, which grants access to exclusive journalistic content and events – online, in print and in real life – and provides the CO community with new ways to show their support.

Team

CO-FOUNDER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Marina Elenskaya

 

CO-FOUNDER/MANAGING DIRECTOR

Sarah Mesritz

 

TALENT DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Frank Verkade

 

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

Niels Engel

 

ART DIRECTORS & GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

Linda Beumer

Sepus Noordmans

Anna Hennerdal

 

DIGITAL PUBLISHING

Veronika Muráriková

 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS

Chris van der Kaap

Margaret Munchheimer

Kellie Riggs

Rebecca Schena

Mariah Tuttle

 

COPY EDITORS

Clementine Edwards

Gemma Doll-Grossman

Nina Moog

Will Pollard

 

EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS

Lizzie Abbott, Rae Brown,

Julia Fischer, Vica Gábor,

Maria Geuke, Sonia Górecka,

Hadar Lioz, Jonas Mindaugas Paberzis, Poppy Monk,

Veronika Muráriková, Sofia Nikolaeva, Namh Paul,

Annelisse Pfeifer, Roanne Sanchez-Watts, Rebecca Schena, Ray Zheng

WRITERS

Makiko Akiyama, Liesbeth den Besten, Maurits de Bruijn, Hou Chien Cheng, Aaron Patrick Decker, Clementine Edwards, Gossip Frau, Anna Greer, Adam GrinovichJing He, Geralda Jurriaans-Helle, Colombe d’Humieres, Chris van der Kaap, Frank Koolen, Xue Jing Lim, Case Miller & Joris Lindhout, Doris Maninger, Kamal Nassif, Kellie Riggs, Mariah Tuttle, Julia Walter, Huib Haye van der Werf, Anna-Lena Werner, Veronika Muráriková, Rebecca Schena, Ashley Khirea Wahba

 

PHOTOGRAPHERS
Rachel de Joodeseverafrahm – Mirka Laura Severa & Michael Frahm, DAN/NAD – Nhat-Vu Dang & Dang-Vu Dang, Jan Hoek, Christoph Sagel / SAGEL AND KRZYKOWSKIEmile BarretEster Grass Vergara, Peter Thomas, Linda BeumerPUTPUT, Trey Wright, Nora TuratoThomas Albdorf, Allyson Riggs, Johan Rosenmunthe, Imke LigthartElza JoPeggy Kuiper, Senta SimondOlya Oleinic

 

ART DIRECTORS/CURATORS

Marcel van Kan, Sagel and Krzykowski, Evelien Bracke, DEPOT BASEL: Rebekka Kiesewetter, Matylda Krzykowski, Laura Pregger, Elias Schäfer, Moritz Walther, IOIA, Anneleen Swillen

WEBSITE COVER IMAGE

Current Obsession

 

STRATEGY

2021+ overall professionalisation strategy developed with BlueYard, Geert Boogaard and Margot Gerené

2017 professionalisation coaching by Roel van Herpt & Victoria Meniakina of Agency Agency

We work with Leanna Thomas of Nalé PR for Munich Jewellery Week

 

WEBSITE DESIGN

Ranno Ait

 

OBSESSED! + MJW WEBSITES

Ranno Ait in collaboration with Sven Raju & Sepus Noordmans

 

GEM Z PAGE

Design by Sven Raju, Graphics by Tobias Groot

 

PRINTERS
New Goff, Belgium
Rodi Media, The Netherlands

 

DISTRIBUTION

Antenne Books, London, UK

 

This website, and a great number of other creative projects by CO were made possible with the generous support of the

 

If you would like to support us, please get in touch via: magazine@current-obsession.com

 

PIECE BY PIECE
Noon Passama
Atelier Ted Noten
Boris de Beijer & Lonneke van der Palen
Jasper Griepink & Janneke Raaphorst
Volker Atrops

 

SUPPORT & SPECIAL THANKS (INPO)

Martijn van Ooststroom, Cathelijne Engelkes, Alessandra Marocco, Marcel van Kan, Jantje Fleischhut, Nhat-Vu Dang and Dang-Vu Dang, Willemijn de Wit, Niki van Rooij, Noon Passama, Ruudt Peters, Liesbeth den Besten, Elena Rizzi, Chiaralice Rizzi, Karin De Buysere, René Darmont, Paul Derrez, Ted Noten, Dr. Petra Hölscher, Lissie Kieser, Sylvia Katzwinkel & 84Ghz, Rob Koudijs, Marta Costas Reyes, Rut-Malin Baklund, Sofia Björkman, Bella Neyman, JB Jones, Ashley Khirea Wahba, Pravu Mazumdar, Herman Hermsen, Benedikt Fischer, Stefan Auberg, Fred Mesritz, Fleur Mesritz, Renée van Niekerk, Tatiana Elenskaya, Ismail Ahmic, Ulrike Jurklies.

Stockists

You can shop CURRENT OBSESSION publications and merch directly on our webshop.

 

CURRENT OBSESSION magazine is distributed internationally by Antenne Books London and supplied to selected independent retailers worldwide: contemporary jewellery galleries, independent bookshops, concept stores, international museum shops and other locations of culture and consumption.

 

To become our retailer, please email: magazine@current-obsession.com and we will send you detailed information.

Australia

MELBOURNE
Gallery Funaki
4 Crossley Street
Melbourne, Victoria
www.galleryfunaki.com.au

 

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
180 St Kilda Road
www.ngv.vic.gov.au

 

SOUTH BRISBANE
Queensland ART Gallery
Grey Street
www.qagoma.qld.gov.au

 

SYDNEY
Museum of Contemporary Art/ The Rocks
140 George Street
www.mca.com.au

 

Waterloo Sydney
Studio 20/17
6b/ 2 Danks St
www.studio2017.com.au

Austria

VIENNA
Lia Wolf Buchhandlung
Bäckerstrasse 2
www.lia.wolf.at

 

Stoss im Himmel 3/3a
A-1010 Wien
www.stossimhimmel.net

Belgium

ANTWERP
Beyond Fashion
Pourbusstraat 7
www.beyondfashion.be

Canada

MONTREAL
Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h
4836, Boulevard St-Laurent
www.galerienoelguyomarch.com

Czech Republic

PRAGUE
We exhibit: contemporary jewelry and objects
Úvoz 159/26, 118 00, Praha 1, Hradčany
www.wxhbt.cz

France

LYON
DATTA
10 Rue Griffon
www.datta.fr

 

PARIS
OFR SYSTEM
20, rue Dupetit-Thouars (Carreau du Temple)
www.ofrsystem.com

Germany

BERLIN
Do you read me?!
Auguststrasse 28
www.doyoureadme.de

 

DRESDEN
Gallery P’lace
Obergraben 10
www.place-dresden.de

 

MUNICH
Pinakothek Der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
www.pinakothek.de/en/pinakothek-der-moderne

 

MAINZ
Kunsthalle Mainz

www.kunsthalle-mainz.de/de

Am Zollhafen 3-5

Italy

VENICE
OHMYBLUE
Campo San Tomà
San Polo 2865
www.ohmyblue.it

Japan

TOKYO
CCC – CULTURE CONVENIENCE CLUB CO. Ltd.
www.ccc.co.jp/en/index.html

 

KYOTO
YUY BOOKS
iroiro (いろいろデザイン)
327-2 Tenjinmaecho
www.yuy.jp

 

Netherlands

AMSTERDAM

Athenaeum Boekhandel
Spui 14-16
www.athenaeum.nl

 

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Museumplein 10
www.stedelijk.nl

 

 

EINDHOVEN
Motta Art Books
Grote Berg 70
www.mottakunstboeken.nl

 

 

ROTTERDAM
NAi Booksellers
Musempark 25
www.en.nai.nl

 

‘s-Hertogenbosch
Design Museum Den Bosch
De Mortel 4
www.sm-s.nl

 

 

TILBURG
Textiel Museum
Goirkestraat 96
www.textielmuseum.nl/en

New Zealand

CHRISTCHRUCH
THE NATIONAL
241 Moorhouse Ave
www.thenational.co.nz

Portugal

LISBON
PIN
Galeria Reverso
Rua da Esperança, nº 59 / 61
www.pin.pt

 

Under the Cover

Rua Marquês Sá da Bandeira 88B

www.underthecover.pt

Singapore

SINGAPORE
BASHEER GRAPHIC BOOKS
Block 231, Bain Street, #04-19
Bras Basah Complex
www.facebook.com/BasheerGraphic

Spain

BARCELONA
Gallery Klimt02
Riera Sant Miquel 65, local 1
www.klimt02.net

 

La Basilica Galeria
C/ Sant Sever 7
www.labasilicagaleria.com

Sweden

GOTHENBURG
Four
Nordhemsgatan 74
www.foursweden.wix.com

 

STOCKHOLM
Konst/ig
Åsögatan 124
www.konstig.se

 

P A P E R C U T
Krukmakargatan 24-26
www.papercutshop.se

Switzerland

LAUSANNE
PAYOT Libraire Place Pepinet
20, rue Dupetit-Thouars (Carreau du Temple)
www.payot.ch/fr/accueil

 

BASEL
Marinsel
Feldbergstrasse 10
http://marinsel.ch

 

CHEXBRES

sérendipité – Céline Debray
Grand’Rue 6
http://serendipite.ch

Taiwan

TAIPEI
大安區泰順街16巷4號, Taipei, Taiwan 106
www.manomanman.com

 

Multi-Arts Corperation

www.multi-arts.com.tw/index.php

Thailand

BANGKOK
ATTA Gallery
O.P. Garden, Unit 1109 4,6
Soi Charoenkrung 36 Charoenkrung Road
www.attagallery.com

 

CEO books
Fl. 2, 120/7-8 Sukumwit 49
Klongtan Nua Vadhana, Bkk 10110 (Song Phi Nong alley)
www.ceobooks.info

United Kingdom

LONDON
Artwords
9 Rivington Street
www.artwords.co.uk

 

Charlotte street news
66 Charlotte St
www.charlottestreetnews.co.uk

 

Ti Pi Tin

 47 Stoke Newington High St

www.tipitin.com

 

Wardour News

118-120 Wardour St

 

magCulture

270 St John Street

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BATH
Magalleria

22a Broad Street
www.magalleria.co.uk

 

United States of America

LENOX
Sienna Gallery
80 Main Street
Lenox, Massachusetts
www.siennagallery.com

 

LOS ANGELES
The Museum Of Contemporary Art – MOCA STORE
250 South Grand Avenue, LA
www.moca.org

 

NEW YORK
ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave (at 46th Ave.)
Long Island City, NY
www.artbook.com

 

Brooklyn Metal Works
640 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY
www.bkmetalworks.com

 

Charon Kransen Arts
817 West End Avenue, Apt. 11C
New York, NY
www.charonkransenarts.com

 

McNally Jackson Booksellers
52 Prince Street
New York City, NY
www.mcnallyjackson.com

 

 

PORTLAND
TABLE OF CONTENTS
33 NW 4th Avenue
Portland, Oregon
www.tableofcontents.us

 

 

WASINGTON DC
Jewelers Werk
3319 Candy’s Alley, NW
www.jewelerswerk.com

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