Silent Protest

Political Jewellery by Mahtab Hanna


Private View (by invitation only): Thursday 26th January 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

Exhibition dates: 27th January – 4th March 2017


Silent Protest is an interactive, thought-provoking and controversial show that fuses wearable art with social commentary.

Political jewellery is about perspective: the ability to transform an individual’s or group’s isolation and pessimism into a method of communication to bring people together to share values, beliefs or ideals, all in a single action.

War, identity, gender and consciousness are important themes within politics and therefore translates into the realm of interpreting political jewellery as progressive, oppressive or radical.

The exhibition showcases Mahtab Hanna’s jewellery and artworks, each providing the audience with an opportunity to interpret wearable art and art-forms in a new and personal way.  

The beliefs of many can be divided into segments: those who have invented those messages, the patrons of the jewellery; those whose job is to proclaim and eulogise the meaning per a scripted message; and finally, the consumers, be they monopolists of thought or granters of freedom of thinking.   

Whether it is a totalitarian state or regime, the politics and counter politics of jewellery can represent the official and unofficial representation of power and struggle, and communication openly or covertly. The show challenges what is now and the promise of what is to come.

Jewellery is, at its purest, about the formation of community and communication, where individuality no longer must struggle to be heard above the din of cloned thinking.


About the Artist

Mahtab Hanna is an award winning British jewellery artist and designer maker with a Persian heritage, whose designs are radically different from others – the cross pollinating of Eastern and Western history, culture, religion and politics play a large part in the inspiration process leading to her creations. 

Mahtab gained her BA (Hons) from Sir John Cass (London Metropolitan University), MA from the Royal College of Art, and is undertaking her PhD in Jewellery at Central Saint Martins.

Email: info@mahtab.co.uk | Twitter: @MahtabHanna