On Magnetic Declination 4

Twelve pendants made of copper, resin and photographs; displayed in glass
6.5 x 6.5 cm

On Magnetic Declination is a collaboration between jewellery designer Oliver DeGem and photographer Caroline Tabet. The work reflects on the motion of the earth, the subtle shifting of the northern point of a compass, and the movement of displaced people forced to flee to foreign shores. DeGem and Tabet considered what precious items these people might choose to take with them; something they would keep close to their heart in an act of remembrance. Allowing themselves to be inspired and moved by the energy of Deir El Kalaa, the artists also explored the imprint left by the lives of ancient communities and the objects that remain from forgotten traditions and rituals. The resulting installation consists of twelve round locket pendants, four of each size, shaped like moons and suns. They are crafted from copper and resin and contain photographs of artefacts or items related to the myths and practices of Deir El Kalaa, along with small relics, plants, and organic components found in situ. Three pendants are installed at each of the four cardinal points: north, south, east and west. They are displayed hanging in glass-blown bottles or on antique olive presses and stones under glass domes. To bring their vision to life, DeGem and Tabet worked with local glassmakers Nisrine Khalife and Pierre Rajha; Topkapi, the factory which crafted the copper pendants; Coin d’Art for the photo prints. This work is realized because of the support of George Salameh and Clémence Cottard Hachem.


This item will be delivered after the exhibition is over
About the Designer

Born and raised in Beirut, Oliver DeGem (b. 1978) has been working as a design consultant for more than a decade. With a focus in Nordic design and luxury brands, Oliver launched his first jewelry collection Planete in 2017 as part of Beirut Design Week. Produced in Lebanon and made of 925 sterling silver, Oliver DeGem Jewelry is DeGem’s childhood dream, bringing together his two main passions: sleek lines and statement pieces. He is represented by @boutique.hub.beirut and additionally showcases his work on Instagram @oliverdegemjewelry.

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