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Convictions and Contradictions


In an illustrated talk on her work in three parts, Su san Cohn will roam through street culture, Rolex watches, virtual reality, doughnuts, sampling, French silk underwear, cyber jewels, Moholy-Nagy, war, new precious, ownership, four-leaf clovers, meaning(less)ness, love songs and uncool craft.

Su san Cohn is an artist with multiple personalities - jeweler, craftsperson, designer, industrialist, curator, writer and activist.

Living in Melbourne, Australia, Cohn has a long-standing practice working across the art-craft-design divide using a variety of media from jeweler to installation, photography and video. She brings a conceptual approach to her work together with an interest in contemporary culture and technology. Her broad understanding of design and making has also enabled her to work as a designer for Alessi and as the curator of the international exhibition Unexpected Pleasures - the Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery, commissioned by the Design Museum, London and as editor/writer for Rizzoli International Publications, New York.

Cohn trained in gold and silversmithing at RMIT University, Melbourne; she has been sole director of Workshop 3000, Melbourne since 1984 and is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.

She has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally and her work is held in major public and private collections. Cohn has won several awards, including receiving the Australia Council 2017 Visual Artist Award. She has served as the artist Trustee at the National Gallery of Victoria and as President of Craft Victoria. Cohn also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Art Theory from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Cohn's current project is meaninglessness, a performance talk about objects and people created in response to the 2016 Danish Jewelry Legislation, which allowed border authorities to confiscate "non-sentimental" jewelry from people seeking asylum in order to meet the costs of their upkeep in Denmark.

The lecture will be held in English.

Photo: Fred Kroh

Lecturer: Su san Cohn

Date: 11/7/2019

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Categories: Art

Organizer: HDK

Location: HDK, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
Stora hörsalen

Event URL: Read more about Convictions and Contradictions

Contact person: arina Andersson

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