Bureaucracy blues

carelli-compositeThe international competition Jewels in Ferment in Italy has turned into a “Bureaucracy blues” for some of the Argentinian artists who participate: Their pieces got stuck with the Italian customs and never reached their destination. Apparently, the customs insists that import taxes be paid.

You can read more in this article by Joyeros Argentinos (in Spanish) or in Burocrazia nell’era 2.0 by the organiser Gioielli in Fermento (in Italian). If you don’t read any of these languages, you may want to click through just to see the jewellery. For example this flat silver bowl (photo courtesy of Joyeros Argentinos). Made by Maria Carelli, it’s called “Compartir/Sharing”. How ironic that her piece could not be shared in the exhibition but is still in customs.

This whole story is ironic when you look closer into the essence of this jewellery competition. It is about our passion for wine and taste, a passion shared by people across the world, across cultures and borders. It is about the similarities in craftmanship between the chef, the wine maker and the goldsmith, and about sharing knowledge. Further, the exhibition is hosted by a vineyard with a mission to combine the culture of wine and art.

But for some artists, it turned into… bureaucracy blues…

We live in a complex world. Artists can connect online like never before, but offline, there are still many obstacles.

Another obstacle can be for artists to travel abroad. If you ever requested a short term visa to travel to any of the so called Schengen countries in Europe (most of them are EU countries), you should know about this:

The European Commission now has a public online consultation running. They want to know about the experiences from individuals and organisations who use short-term Schengen visas, whether that is for leisure travel, to join cultural/sports/political events, for work or family visits, etc. You can respond in either English, French, Spanish or Portuguese (and there is some information also in Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Turkish).

Deadline: 17 June 2013.

This will not help the Argentinian jewellers at all, I know, but let us hope that it will make it easier for artists to travel, on longer term.

Where is the world heading if bureaucracy wins over art, if bureaucracy can stop sharing?

7 thoughts on “Bureaucracy blues

  1. How disappointing for the Argentinian jewellers, and what a loss for the competition as a whole. These things really can become ridiculously and farcically complicated, can’t they? Bureaucracy blues, indeed.


    • Yes, truly a huge disappointment for everyone involved: artists, organisers and the exhibition visitors. Difficult to understand how things like this happen, really. Thanks for your comment and sympathy!


  2. Bureaucracy is evil, I agree. Or those who run it are, especially in the ultra-corrupt parts of the world. I certainly hope they don’t win over art. Nothing should impede the sharing of art.


  3. Pingback: » Obra argentina en la aduana italiana: otra pulseada con el arte que gana la burocracia.

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