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Meet the core Team behind the GEM Z Talent Accelerator Programme

Marina Elenskaya

is the co-founder and creative director of Current Obsession, she focuses her research on the advancement of critical discourse in the field of contemporary adornment – jewellery, fashion artefacts, AR filters and body modifications – as essential cultural and personal signifiers.

Sarah Mesritz

is the co-founder and managing director of Current Obsession, and the managing director of Munich Jewellery Week. She organises events, makes the yearly plan and budget, keeps an eye on the overall trajectory of the brand and develops exciting new partnerships with artists and CO-conspirators.

Frank Verkade

Frank Verkade divides his time between his own artistic practice and those of others, supporting artists through the nebula of skills requisite to a successful art practice. Throughout his career Frank has worked alongside creators such as Ted Noten, Bart Hess, Lucy McRae and Andrew Thomas Huang, and with cultural institutions such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Museum Arnhem.

Veronika Muráriková

is a jewellery artist currently studying for her master’s degree at Konstfack University in Stockholm, Sweden. She completed her BFA at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in the studio of Eva Eisler and interned for Current Obsession. In her master’s thesis, she is exploring the notion of new materialism, perception, and sound interaction. For Gem Z, Veronika is doing massive research for our new workshop on brand positioning and sales models.

Tobias Groot

is an Amsterdam-based artist working with photography, video and computer-generated imagery. He received his bachelor’s degree in Photography from Gerrit Rietveld Academie and has since exhibited work throughout the Netherlands and served as an editor of SAUCE Magazine. Tobias’ digital conglomerations contend with artificial intelligence and humans’ fleshy embodied experience. He created the Gem Z identity and stunning animations for our website and social media.

Rebecca Schena

is a California-based jeweller, maker, writer, baker, and aspiring maximalist. She earned her BFA in Jewelry + Metalsmithing with a concentration in Mind, Brain, and Behavior from Rhode Island School of Design. In her studio practice, Rebecca utilizes jewellery as a method of initiating political discourse and as a way of expressing, manipulating, or distorting social identity. She is a contributor to Making Progress: Resources for Social Justice in Craft, and Current Obsession, including the Gem Z initiative, for which she does editing and writing.