NORWEGIAN PRESENCE x NEBIL ZAMAN 2022
BRERA ART GALLERY
JUNE 7TH - 12TH 2022
The artisan and designer Nebil Zaman, was part of the "Norwegian Presence" fair with his project "Collective Division", in which he shows his interest in materials, production techniques and visual languages, as he explores themes such as function, form, identity and visual culture. Nebil Zaman is a Norwegian designer living and working in Oslo. His background is in traditional woodworking and furniture design, which he has since fused with his fascination and interest in architecture, art and technology. Based on his upbringing and experiences, he explores how our surroundings affect us socially and culturally. With an education in advertising, furniture crafts, and design, Zaman's interest in materials, production techniques, and visual languages are visible in his work. Throughout his career, he deals with function, form, identity, and visual culture. His latest series of laser cut plaster cast MDF furniture forms, places an emphasis on material and texture. Zaman is most intrigued by the materiality of plaster, it provides a sense of freedom in loosing control of the final outcome. While there is extreme precision in the digital fabrication techniques to create the armature, the addition of plaster to the process provides an organic element of expression and randomness.
Following last year's digital event, Norway's international design fair returned to Milan in 2022. Invited by Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA), a hand-picked cohort of the country's leading designers, creators and manufacturers took their places at the new exhibition venue in the heart of Brera from June 7-12, 2022.
Norwegian Presence 2022 took place under the spectacular mural ceiling of Brera's Galleria Milano, placing Norway at the epicenter of Milan Design Week. Curated and designed by revered stylist duo Kråkvik&D'Orazio, the exhibition focused on the relationship between landscape and material, and explored the ways in which Norway's distinctive topography and abundant natural resources have shaped its design identity.
Nebil Zaman presented "Collective Division", which is a reinterpreted room divider made of discarded city bus handrails. The repurposed steel pipes make the constructive frame, which is filled with abstract grid-like shapes made with strips of grey board and covered with several layers of plaster, wood glue and natural resins. The shapes are created intuitively by connecting one strip to another. By taking everyday objects out of context, reworking them in combination with other materials, Collective Division explores how our surroundings can affect our lives and mental state.
More information at https://doga.no/en/activities/internasjonalt/norwegian-presence/