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Narrabesques: a lecture by Professor Jivan Astfalck

Lectures  /  04 Nov 2009
Published: 24.10.2009
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
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(...) Drawing on historical and autobiographical material, fiction and fairy tales, Jivan Astfalck makes wearable objects, jewellery and installations that tell hybrid, fantastical stories. (...)
Drawing on historical and autobiographical material, fiction and fairy tales, Jivan Astfalck makes wearable objects, jewellery and installations that tell hybrid, fantastical stories. These works are intended to be enigmatic, yet suggestive of the wounds of history and of the trauma and healing processes that are part of our relationships with others. She develops work that can be related to mnemonic devices created to evoke the complexities and webs of relationships, which exist between the various levels of interpretative investments that would otherwise be un-containable. Romantic, yet suggestive of more serious issues like the myth of childhood, the pains of growing up, and the grander myths of gender and belonging, these works are sites of memory and fiction, history and thought, visible traces providing connections with the invisible and imagined in a complex web of relationships.

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