About

Hansel Tai is an artist and designer living and working in Tallinn, Estonia.

Hansel’s work focuses on queer culture in the Post-internet Epoch, in which the natural is shadowed by the body cult, deformation, subcultural signs and high gloss metal, and hyperstition is materialised into fetish objects.

His pierced jade and glitched-out chromey adornments encourage our mutation into cyborgs, bringing with them confusion, domination, information, euphoria, dystopia and nightmare all at once. They are multi-level skeuomorphs: real objects imitating digital ‘objects’ imitating real objects. They are something to grab onto as we are whipped about an ever-changing digital landscape.

Hansel is the winner of the MISUI Award 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, the winner of the Gallery Alice Floriano Award at Budapest Jewelry Week 2023, and the honoree of the One for the Future Award (2023-2024) at NYC Jewelry Week.

His works are in the permanent collections of Museum Arnhem, NL and CODA Museum, NL.



Press

Metalsmith Magazine. Vol 44, No 1 / 2024

Jewelry x Technology Discussion: Contemporary Jewelry's Response (Makiko Akiyama)

Harper’s BAZAAR Jewelry Interview

Jaanus Samma & Hansel Tai duo exhibition “In Loving Hands: Combining the Past with the Future”

Klimt02 The value of creation and thinking. Interview with Hansel Tai by Xiao Liang

Klimt02 Nude Jade Pierced by Hansel Tai

AFTER PARTY YET TO COME


GEM Z: The Farthest from Earth We’ve Ever Been

i-D VICE These radical artists are screwing with jewellery in 2020

Non-Stick Nostalgia Y2K RETROFUTURISM IN CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY - Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) New York

Current Obsession Issue #7 Beneath Diamondised Skins

ESTONIAN ART 1 2019 Sexting You with All My Heart

Piercing the Divine Body

A. KODANIK ON HANSEL TAI’S EXHIBITION “EDEN OF THE EAST”

Current Obsession Paper for Munich Jewellery Week 2019

Klimt02 HANNA HANSEL

Current Obsession Feature Dirt Container

AUTOR Magazine #4 – The Senses Issue
Contact

hansel@hanseltai.com
+372 56135365

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