Manuel Bozzi

GRAVE SOCIETY by Gaika and Manuel Bozzi

A collection of five pieces of 925 Sterling Silver jewelry that conveys a message
of equality, conceived by Gaika and handmade by Manuel Bozzi in Tuscany, in the oldest Italian goldsmith tradition.

The collaboration between Gaika and Manuel Bozzi arose from a deep and urgency. The years we are living in see us as protagonists of a world in evolving, in which the forms of power change and sometimes become shady and elusive. The role of an artist is first and foremost to make his or her own voice, and to take a stand in an ever-changing political context: the artist becomes artist-total, the one who uses every means of expression to convey his message, making life itself his work. This collection, a hybrid of design, poetry and applied art, takes shape starting with a text by Gaika. With an evocative and powerful language, it speaks of current events through verses that seem to belong to a past civilization and future at the same time. The themes are universal, abstracted from any era, and at the the same time never so topical: life, death, equality. Manuel Bozzi's design emphasizes this duality, with references to traditional Italian goldsmithing combined with a futuristic and unconventional fit. A rough and material design, in which the manual component emerges in all its power. These are objects evidently born from the hand of man, and designed to remain in time. Engraved on the silver we find the key words taken from the text by Gaika. They are the fundamental themes of the collection, symbol-words that speak to all humanity. 

"Black is forever.
Every color wilts and fades away
Glory to the Spectacular Empire
The immortal immigrant abode
Live for thrills in heaven Die in hell alone
We bones, lying here bare, await yours
Each man is equal in death of course
Destroy earthly borders, the sin of vanity
With blood and bone and flesh and dust
We are one humanity in mourning
Blossoms are splendid before their fall
Time flees from the rich as it does the poor
Armoured with holy things or the devils grin
The reaper swings for us all"

Gaika, year 2020
ArtDirector Gaika
Designer Manuel Bozzi
Photographer Guarionex Rodriguez, Jr.
Curators Luca Gasperoni and Luca Sarti