(Beatrice Brovia & Nicolas Cheng)
Conversation Piece is a collaborative research practice based in Stockholm, Sweden. It was initiated in 2011 by Nicolas Cheng (HK/SE) and Beatrice Brovia (IT/SE) with a strong focus on material culture and craft discourse. Together Cheng and Brovia develop projects across a variety of scales and mediums, blurring the lines between disciplines, and with work ranging from installations to concept-driven jewellery and objects, material research and self-organized exhibitions.
Their collaborative work has been published and exhibited internationally since 2011, among others at the Triennale Design Museum, Milan; the Saint-Etienne Design Biennale, Saint-Etienne; the Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju; Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt; and Schmuck 2016, Munich. Conversation Piece won First Prize (professional category) in New Traditional Jewellery at the 2014 Sieraad Art Fair and the Bronze Prize at the 2015 Cheongju International Craft Biennale. Work from their collaboration has entered the permanent collections of Die Neue Sammlung: Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich) and of the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch.