International Conference
of Contemporary Jewellery in Bratislava

KATJA PRINS: BRAVE NEW WORLD

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.

Katja Prins

Katja Prins (Holland, 1970) is a contemporary jeweller and artist. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietweld Academy in 1997 and has been intensively involved in her own art work ever since. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Her artistic practice focuses on creating jewellery and objects for the body, sometimes moving freely from object to installation. She is particularly fascinated by the connection between technology and the human body and their ambivalent relationship, which she subjects to critical examination. With her objects she comments on today´s world and the role of the outer body in the over-technological world. She exhibits in Europe, the USA, Asia and Russia, holds lectures and conducts workshops internationally for various institutions. In 2009, she summarized her work in the publication “The Uncanny Valley”, and won several prestigious awards for contemporary art and jewellery.

Katja Prins

Katja Prins (Holland, 1970) is a contemporary jeweller and artist. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietweld Academy in 1997 and has been intensively involved in her own art work ever since. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Her artistic practice focuses on creating jewellery and objects for the body, sometimes moving freely from object to installation. She is particularly fascinated by the connection between technology and the human body and their ambivalent relationship, which she subjects to critical examination. With her objects she comments on today´s world and the role of the outer body in the over-technological world. She exhibits in Europe, the USA, Asia and Russia, holds lectures and conducts workshops internationally for various institutions. In 2009, she summarized her work in the publication “The Uncanny Valley”, and won several prestigious awards for contemporary art and jewellery.

International Conference of Contemporary Jewellery in Bratislava