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Vanity Case

Exhibition  /  16 Feb 2008  -  22 Mar 2008
Published: 13.02.2008
Galerie Rob Koudijs
Management:
Rob Koudijs
Frédéric Braham. Object: What is precious, 2007. Glass, blood, leather, wood. Frédéric Braham
Object: What is precious, 2007
Glass, blood, leather, wood
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By choosing jewellery as his medium Frédéric Braham plays along with the game of manipulating one’s identity.

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Frédéric Braham
Frédéric Braham makes beautiful, wearable jewellery with great skill and a goldsmith’s attention to detail. But this French artist is not only concerned wih adornment and perfectionism: in his work he tends to put the beauty- and cosmetics industry under the microscope. An almost obvious choice for somebody coming from the country where the concern for the selfimage has been brought to the highest perfection.

By choosing jewellery as his medium Frédéric Braham plays along with the game of manipulating one’s identity. However his jewels will be interfering with the mask of the eventual wearer. Flasks, mirrors and pills are incorporated in his necklaces and brooches; eye-make-up is set in precious metals like gemstones. The persuasive marketing strategies which won the consumer over, are blatently on display. Braham likes to create confusion and time for thought, but he also ventures into more unpleasant territory like the matter-of-course way the body has become subject to fictitious beauty standards.

With the message his means of expression may also vary: the exhibition presents not only jewellery but also objects and installations. A paper bag from Chanel or Nina Ricci may be practical, but it can also be turned into a statussymbol. The artist made a meticulous bronze replica as a monument to potential victims.

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Frédéric Braham. Brooch: Coromandel Decorum, 2005. Siver gilt, gold leaf, compact powder. 5,4 x 5,4 x 0,9 cm. Frédéric Braham
Brooch: Coromandel Decorum, 2005
Siver gilt, gold leaf, compact powder
5,4 x 5,4 x 0,9 cm
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Frédéric Braham. Brooch: Desire objects, 2007. Vison, diamond, white gold, silver. 8 x 9 cm. Frédéric Braham
Brooch: Desire objects, 2007
Vison, diamond, white gold, silver
8 x 9 cm
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Frédéric Braham. Brooch: Available colour inex, 2006. Silver gilt, compact powder, acrylic. 4,4 x 5,1 x 1 cm. Frédéric Braham
Brooch: Available colour inex, 2006
Silver gilt, compact powder, acrylic
4,4 x 5,1 x 1 cm
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Frédéric Braham. Necklace: Putting the lotion on, 2007. Quartz, plastic, lotion, magnets. Frédéric Braham
Necklace: Putting the lotion on, 2007
Quartz, plastic, lotion, magnets
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Frédéric Braham. Brooch: Alter ego, 2007. C-print, aluminium, silver, varnish. 8 x 8,9 x 0,8 cm. Frédéric Braham
Brooch: Alter ego, 2007
C-print, aluminium, silver, varnish
8 x 8,9 x 0,8 cm
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