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Gender and adornment, a tentative discussion with Benjamin Lignel

  • PRAKSIS 19 Rådhusgata Oslo, Oslo, 0158 Norway (map)

On Ben's agenda: Presentation of a cast • some intriguing images are shown • where doubts are expressed • the treasure box • knowledge situated • building on bias: Medusa • getting alternative readings • surfing on aporetic complexes • some quotes and images are discussed • possible development on Passing • the question of making things public • thank you and refreshments, during which more conversation may happen, please.

This event is held as part of PRAKSIS residency no.9, 'Adornment and Gender: Engaging Conversation', developed in collaboration with Benjamin Lignel (FR) and Norwegian Crafts. For more information on the residency, its participants and other associated events please follow click here.


Benjamin Lignel is an artist, writer and curator. He was the editor of Art Jewelry Forum between January 2013 and December 2016, and edited three books under AJF’s imprint, including the first book-length study of jewelry exhibition-making. His most recent curatorial project was Medusa, Jewellery and Taboos (2017) at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, in collaboration with Anne Dressen and Michèle Heuzé. Benjamin has lectured extensively on craft, and likes to organize (or co-organize) symposia on jewellery, of which The Public and Private Lives of Jewellery (Zimmerhof, 2011), Forgetting Jewellery (Paris, 2017) and The Fuzzy, the Fake and the Double - Trouble in Ornament (Paris, 2017). He is a guest teacher at the Akademie der Bildende Künste (Nürnberg) and at Alchimia (Florence), and a mentor in the Handshake 4 pedagogical program (New Zealand). Ben regularly contributes essays to magazines, monographs and museum publications, and is currently working with co-editor Namita Wiggers towards a series of publications on jewelry and gender. He lives in Montreuil (France).


Norwegian Crafts (established 2012) is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to strengthen the position of Norwegian contemporary crafts. The organisation facilitates exchange between agents in the international craft scene in order to create more opportunities for Norwegian artists and craft professionals abroad. Norwegian Crafts works with a wide range of projects within five main areas: exhibition programmes; critical theory and publications; market development; network and exchange; and residencies and support programmes.

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