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Darja Popolitova (1989) is the Estonian jewellery artist and designer. She is currently a PhD researcher and guest lecturer at Estonian Academy of Arts. Her approach to jewellery art emerged during studying at Estonian Academy of Arts as well as at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. She also honed her skills at Florian Landstätter’s studio in Vienna. Darja received the Young Jewellery Award (2015) and has been exhibited in Holland, Germany, Brazil and Spain among others. The topics of her works include androgyny, erotics and digital culture.

Darja’s collectible jewellery is for big ego and can be treated as contemporary relics. Involving high technologies into a creative process, these works merge innovative and sensual worlds — digitally modified baroque treasures.

A strong piece of jewellery is an essence; it is resulted from fusion of humility and desire. The fusion is a quality that comes only while controlling its’ richest saturation – poisonous in a big doses. Artist is a perfumer whose fragrance takes physical form only when created by previously written recipe. It’s all somehow intimate. Artist and jewellery become shy lovers allured by unsaid words of love.

27.12.1989, Estonia

2013 – 2015   Estonian Academy of Arts, Jewellery and Blacksmithing, Prof Kadri Mälk, MA, cum laude
2012 – 2013   Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Studio S+M+L+XL Metal and Jewellery, Prof Karol Weisslechner
2008 – 2012   Estonian Academy of Arts, Glass art and design, Prof Mare Saare

2014   Florian Ladstätter’s studio in Vienna, Austria

2016 nov – dec   Guest lecturer at Estonian Academy of Arts, jewellery course “Digital Intimacy”, BA
2016 – 2017   Museum Educator at Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design
2014 – 2016   Drawing Teacher, Istituto di Moda Burgo Eesti Moekool
2015 sept – dec   Guest lecturer at Estonian Academy of Arts,  “Oil Shale Jewellery Course”, BA/MA
2014   Designer at “Florian jewelry”, Vienna. Assistant at Paris fashion week 2014
2012 – 2015   Jewellery designer at the company “Monquer”

14.09.2017   Eros loading, HOP Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2017   CODE (IN)VISIBILIS, Crème de la Crème, Estonia
2015   Androgyny: jewellery beyond gender, SUVA factory, Estonia
2011   Touch, University of Tartu Narva College, Estonia

Schmuck, International Congress Center, Munich, Germany
Fogspeak, Platina gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Armour, Kiek in de Kök, Tallinn, Estonia
Testament, duo exhibition with Kadri Mälk, Galerie Biró, Munich, Germany
Symptom, EAA Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
CATHEXIS, Melting Point 2016, Escuela superior de Arte y Diseño de Valencia, Spain
Estonishing ! 13* from Estonia, Galeria Thomas Cohn, São Paulo, Brazil
Kafedra, Narva Art Residency, Estonia
Estonishing ! 13* from Estonia, International Trade Fair Schmuck, representing Galeria Thomas Cohn, Munich, Germany
International Trade Fair Schmuck, representing Galerie Marzee, Munich,  Germany
Talente 2016, International Trade Fair for the Skilled Trades, Munich, Germany
Winter Breath, Gallery Putti, Riga, Lithuania
Marzee Graduate Show 2015, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Ferromenaalne, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
Virvatuled, Estonian Museum Of Applied Art And Design, Tallinn, Estonia
Glass is fun for us, Congress center in Zilina, Slovakia
Girl for everything, Gallery Nova, Bratislava, Slovakia

interviews in newspapers
Mõttus, Mariliis (2017), Uus Eesti Disain: Darja Popolitova, Müürileht, 2. jaanuar. link
Karro, Kadri (2016), Darja Popolitova, Eesti Ekspress, 15. jaanuar. link

interviews in magazines
Koemets, Mari-Liis (2016), Darja Popolitova: ehete taga on lugu, Yu Magazine, 3, pp. 25-27. link

essays & small articles
Rotar, Olesja, (2015), Украшения как неслучайное творчество, Plug Online, 18 September. link
Popolitova, Darja (2015), Androgynous Jewelry, AUTOR Magazine, pp. 17-19. link

jewellery in books, catalogues & online
Veenre, T., 2016, Estonishing! , Tallinn: ESTONISHING! link
Braesel, M., 2016, Talente 2016, p. 90. link

Mälk, K., 2014, METALL3, Tallinn: Eesti Kunstiakadeemia ehte- ja sepakunsti eriala, pp 8, 32. link
Veenre, T., 2013, Kaamos, Tallinn: OÜ Stiilikanal, lk 8. link
van den Hout, M., 2015, Marzee Magazine #99, Nijmegen: Galerie Marzee, p. 14.
Müürileht, 2016, SA Noor Ehe 2015. Aasta stipendiumi pälvisid Darja Popolitova ja Sofja Hallik. link
Klimt02, 2015, Darja Popolitova. Estonian Academy of Arts. New Graduates 2015. link

ERR, 2017. Рабарбар. Наша Культура, 19 May. link
ERR, 2017. OP, Kadri Mälg’s “Testament”, 10 October. link 
ERR, 2016. OP, ehtekunstnik Darja Popolitova: vene rahvastik on Eestis peidetud ressurss, 4 June. link
ERR, 2016. Барабан, 17 August. link

2017 march – sept   Curating Estonian jewellery design exhibition Offset at Paris Design Week 2017
10.10.2017   Social Club, series of conversations organised by Current Obsession, Germany, Munich
28.10.2016   Conference: Design Education 50. Wins and Fails, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn
27.08.2016   PechaKucha, speech Eros Loading, ARS House, Tallinn
10.10.2015   TEDx Conference, speech Androgyny: Jewellery Beyond Gender, Estonia, Narva
2016   Collaboration with Tallinn University of Technology
2016   Jury member at EAA Gallery exhibition committee
2015 – 2017   Group member of internation jewellery exhibition ESTONISHING!
2015 nov – 2016   Assistant of Prof Kadri Mälk during a Real Magic conference
01.05.2014   Talk about EKA Jewellery and Blacksmithing Department at St.Petersburg Art and Industry Academy, Russia
2014 march   Developing of an educational programme From the Coolest Corner: Nordic Jewellery, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn
2012 – 2013   Web Store Curator of international online jewellery store Jewelum
2011 –   Jewellery artist and designer

2016   Young Estonian Jewellery Award

Jewellery and Blacksmithing department’s collection, Tallinn, Estonia
Collection of Sillamäe Museum, Estonia
Private collections