An exhibition examining political subjectivity through the iconographic languages employed in the forging of a nation’s currency. Drawing on themes of migrancy, movement and identity Forged reflects on the political codification of personal experience through the language of jewellery. 

Johanna Zellmer was born in 1968 and completed a formal apprenticeship as a goldsmith in Germany and a master’s degree at the Australian National University Canberra School of Art. Her research interests are the construction of national identities and cross-cultural matters. Her work was presented in New Zealand’s TVONE series Neighbourhood (episode 10: North Dunedin, 2012) and selected for New Zealand’s Parkin Drawing Prize in 2014. Dr. Pravu Mazumdar discussed her projects in his keynote for Schmuck 2013 at The International Design Museum Munich; this text is published online. Her work has been exhibited in Australia, Korea, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and New Zealand and is held in public collections internationally. She calls a small farm in Dunedin ‘home’ and works as lecturer and Artists-in-Residence Coordinator at the Dunedin School of Art.