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Lingam - 121 symbols of fertility

Exhibition  /  08 May 2010  -  22 Aug 2010
Published: 15.04.2010
World Crafts Council - Belgique Francophone
Management:
Anne Leclercq
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Intro
World Crafts Council in Belgium present the exhibition LINGAM. 121 contemporary fertility symbols, with more than 120 interpretations of an age-old Eastern religious fertility symbol: the lingam. At the invitation of guest curator Ruudt Peters, artists, designers, and jewellery makers from 24 countries – including Marcel Wanders, Ted Noten, and Johanna Schweizer – have drawn inspiration from this ancient tradition of fertility symbolism.
Lingam
The lingam is a wooden or stone object in the shape of a phallus, which represents life and fertility. In Hindu and Buddhist cultures, the lingam is worshipped and revered. It is not only a fertility symbol, but also stands for a primeval creative force, a force that is strongly linked to sexual energy. In Southeast Asia, reverence for life and religion are closely linked. Lingam worship takes place frequently and in public places. In contrast, in the West, the lingam is seen mainly as a symbol of lust and sex. The exhibition LINGAM. 121 contemporary fertility symbols aims to provide artistic alternatives to our present-day Western interpretation of the lingam and, in the process, to take a fresh look at this symbol’s original, sacred context.

Fertility
The exhibition curator, Ruudt Peters, is an artist and professor at the Ädellab at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, and this event marks his departure as a teacher there. His fascination with the lingam inspired him to ask artists and designers to create their own fertility symbols. These contributors explored the subject through the lens of their own experiences, each producing a personal artistic statement about fertility. To emphasize the original, sacred context of this type of object, the exhibition LINGAM. 121 contemporary fertility symbols at Museum Catharijneconvent will pair these modern-day fertility symbols with their historical predecessors. 

Remarks

Opening:  
You are kindly invited to the vernissage on May 8th 2010 at 17.00 pm. 


Before the vernissage there will be a conference with Ruudt Peters and Dr. Johan Mattelaer, May 8th at 15 pm. If you want to attend the conferance please register before April 26th. The price for attending the conference is 15 € (10 € for WCC-member and students under 27 years of age).

Please register by email to wccbf@wcc-bf.org
David Bielander. Necklace: Corn cob, 2009. Split fastener (steel, anodised brass), silver. 17 x 5,5, chain 76 cm. © Photography by Rob Versluys. David Bielander
Necklace: Corn cob, 2009
Split fastener (steel, anodised brass), silver
17 x 5,5, chain 76 cm
© Photography by Rob Versluys
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Frédéric Braham. Object: Displayed, 2009. Lipstick, gold 22 ct (28gr), plexiglass. 36 x 24,8 x 14 cm. © Photography by Rob Versluys. Frédéric Braham
Object: Displayed, 2009
Lipstick, gold 22 ct (28gr), plexiglass
36 x 24,8 x 14 cm
© Photography by Rob Versluys
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Johanna Schweizer. Piece: Hare, 2009. Cotton. 30 x 15 x 15 cm. © Photography by Rob Versluys. Johanna Schweizer
Piece: Hare, 2009
Cotton
30 x 15 x 15 cm
© Photography by Rob Versluys
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Ruud-Jan Kokke. Piece: Device/IVF/ICSI/ovumpenetration/spermatozoidinjection, 2009. Aluminium. 5 x 5 x 60 cm. © Photography by Rob Versluys. Ruud-Jan Kokke
Piece: Device/IVF/ICSI/ovumpenetration/spermatozoidinjection, 2009
Aluminium
5 x 5 x 60 cm
© Photography by Rob Versluys
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Sam Tho Duong. Piece: Malebow, 2009. Golden Ribbon, 18kt gold. 7,5 x 5,5 x 0,5, 5 x 4,5 x 0,5 cm. © Photography by Rob Versluys. Sam Tho Duong
Piece: Malebow, 2009
Golden Ribbon, 18kt gold
7,5 x 5,5 x 0,5, 5 x 4,5 x 0,5 cm
© Photography by Rob Versluys
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Ted Noten. Piece: Messin’ around with Willie, Henk, 2009. Bone China, blackboard paint, chalk. 2,5 x 7 x 10 cm. © Photography by Rob Versluys. Ted Noten
Piece: Messin’ around with Willie, Henk, 2009
Bone China, blackboard paint, chalk
2,5 x 7 x 10 cm
© Photography by Rob Versluys
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