Meet the core Team behind the GEMZ Talent Accelerator Programme

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. As a part of his Talent Development responsibilities at CO, he co-developed and manages the GEMZ 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.

Tobias Groot

is a Berlin-based artist working with photography, video and computer-generated imagery. Tobias’ digital conglomerations contend with artificial intelligence and humans’ fleshy embodied experience. As a part of the GEMZ Digital team he has developed the GEMZ identity and animations for our website and social media.