What's your story of good luck? Do you carry a talisman or charm to smooth the way through life's rocky waters?
A touring exhibition of modern amulets by contemporary jewellery designers from Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Mexico has crossed the Pacific and is on display in Mexico City until 29 June.
Developed by Dr Kevin Murray, Adjunct Professor in the RMIT Art and associate member of the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation, Joyaviva welcomes visitors to contribute stories from either their own experience or by using the charms themselves.
After a successful season in 2012 at RMIT Gallery, the touring exhibition was opened at the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares in Mexico City by the Australian Ambassador Tim George.
RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies said Joyaviva's power was in showcasing contemporary jewellery as a form of social design.
"The touring exhibition celebrates the global ubiquity of good luck charms, because the belief that charms can ward off evil and marshal the forces proliferate and are as compelling now as in the past," she said.
Dr Murray said the Joyaviva tour brought Australia and Latin America a little closer.
"The exhibition connects our interest in urban design with the popular folk traditions that have been developed over generations to allay fears and raise hopes," she said.
"Design isn't only about making a more efficient world. It has an increasingly important role to place in making spaces where we can share hopes of something better."
Dr Murray said the jeweller's brief was to find ways of bringing luck to where it is needed, drawing on their own creativity, local traditions, and particular local conditions.
Common issues were life after an earthquake, sitting exams, connecting generations and counteracting the violence of urban life.
The Mexican venue will be the first stage in the Latin American journey for Joyaviva, which will continue to Bolivia and Chile.
In each location, modern amulets have been developed through "charm schools", where artists considered concerns in their world that needed extra luck.
Naturally in Mexico the violence associated with narco-trafficking was in many minds and some works in the exhibition reflect that.
A special bilingual catalogue and website has been produced for Latin American audiences.
After Mexico City, Joyaviva will travel to La Paz, Bolivia, and Santiago, Chile.
The exhibition is supported by Council of Australia-Latin American Relations COALAR, Arts Victoria and Creative New Zealand.
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