International Conference
of Contemporary Jewellery in Bratislava

Ilaria Ruggiero: NUDA VITA: THE PRACTICE OF COLLECTIVE AND POLITICAL BODY

About Lecture

The lecture focuses on the presentation of the Nuda Vita project, an experience of artistic production that stages the work of some of the most interesting contemporary jewellery artists. The initiative was held for the first time on the occasion of Munich Jewellery Week 2019 and it explored the value and the role of the public, collective and political body, starting from the expression Nuda Vita, coined by Benjamin and then developed by the philosopher Giorgio Agamben, interpreted here as an impossible condition, unspeakable concept, and artistic action. Nudity is not conceived as a physical condition, but as a symbolic event of resistance and sensitization.


Concretely the project aims to be an artistic movement, an open and continuous platform of reflection and stimulation to give substance to those studies, which see the body and existence as an area of exploration. The goal is to compare the most varied experiences and to broaden social and political awareness. The great wealth of perspectives and themes addressed by the various participating artists, presents jewellery as a means of raising questions relating to major issues of life. It is an act of provocation and resistance, subversion and sensitisation, which focuses upon the body, through the medium of the jewel, as a statement of politics, identity and humanity.

Ilaria Ruggiero

Ilaria Ruggiero (Italy, 1981) is an Italian cultural and project manager, curator and organizer of various projects related to contemporary art. She studied theoretical philosophy, art administration and later on fundraising at the New York University. She is the founder of several platforms focused on contemporary jewellery and its expanded field with the emphasis on the social role of jewellery, such as. A/DORNMENT Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry. She worked at the La Bienalle di Venezia in Italy and for the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She is actively involved in publicizing jewellery, writing for Art Jewellery Forum and other prestigious platforms.

Ilaria Ruggiero

Ilaria Ruggiero (Italy, 1981) is an Italian cultural and project manager, curator and organizer of various projects related to contemporary art. She studied theoretical philosophy, art administration and later on fundraising at the New York University. She is the founder of several platforms focused on contemporary jewellery and its expanded field with the emphasis on the social role of jewellery, such as. A/DORNMENT Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry. She worked at the La Bienalle di Venezia in Italy and for the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She is actively involved in publicizing jewellery, writing for Art Jewellery Forum and other prestigious platforms.

International Conference of Contemporary Jewellery in Bratislava