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Vivian Manzardo. Pforzheim University School of Design. New Talents Award Nominee 2023

Article  /  NewTalentsByKlimt02   Artists
Published: 12.09.2023
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Author:
Pforzheim University School of Design
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2023
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Intro
The 9th edition of the New Talents Award by Klimt02 aims to recognize the work of graduate students in our field by supporting their careers in the professional world. Nominated by our school members, one of the selected graduates will win the New Talents Award.

With her bachelor project, Vivian Manzardo decided to address one of the many taboos around the female body: she chose to make it A Matter of Nipples. Her goal is to address the taboo surrounding nipples (especially female nipples). To show how similar and yet diverse this little part of our body can be, as unique as a fingerprint and yet always recognizable as such.
 
Name of graduation student: Vivian Manzardo
Name of guiding teacher: Prof. Christine Lüdeke, Prof. Dr. Silke Helmerdig


Nominated by Pforzheim University School of Design


Within the context of body-referential work and an innate sense of equality and fairness, Vivian Manzardo investigates how social mores – many hypocritical – not only differentiate how we see and treat a physical attribute common to all genders but also deny it it's importance in giving essential sustenance and life. Her brooches captivate us through combining the abstractness of porcelain with gentle humor, aesthetic aplomb and technical excellence. We feel a frisson when we see and touch her pieces, chuckle at the absurdity of our reaction and the re-relation to the body and then revel in the simple beauty and individuality of the abstracted forms and pieces. She gets under our skin.
Prof Christine Lüdeke


The statement of the artist:
“Whenever a taboo is broken, something good happens, something vitalizing. Taboos after all are only hangovers, the product [...] of fearsome people who hadn’t the courage
to live and who under the guise of morality and religion have imposed these things upon us.” Henry Miller.


Women’s bodies are still both the most sexualized and the most censored in today’s Western societies. Media and Social platforms perpetuate the ideal of perfect, flawless and ageless bodies, offering solutions for so-called imperfections, instead of teaching body positivity and self-acceptance. Even though affecting both sexes, the pressure issued by modern beauty standards appears to take a greater toll on women. Women’s bodies are clouded in taboos: since the beginning of puberty, society teaches women to hide their periods, sexuality and bodies and even to be ashamed of them.

Among the many taboos, nipples might represent the most controversial: though looking almost identical to their male equivalent, female nipples are considered indecent because
of the sexual connotation men give them. Since the beginning of history, nipples and breasts have been in the headlights: they have been worshipped and cursed, used by men as symbols for their sins and as objects of their pleasure. The last century in particular has had the breast squeezed, flattened and thrust upwards, to match ever-changing beauty standards dictated by a patriarchal society, that never had much consideration for women’s own thoughts and feelings.

For most of human history, more than half of the world’s population has been systematically excluded from the books, as if their experiences did not matter. According to the American historian Gerda Lerner, this “selective memory deprived both women and men of the ability to construct a truthful picture of the past.” Through the development of women’s history,
new female voices have joined historical accounting, shedding light on the patriarchal mechanisms that are still intrinsic in modern Western societies. Such mechanisms objectify women, transforming them into an Other, an object for men to desire. Taboos around their bodies reinforce this alienation and prevent us from achieving gender equality.

With her bachelor project, Vivian Manzardo decided to address one of the many taboos around the female body: she chose to make it A Matter of Nipples. Her goal is to address the taboo surrounding nipples (especially female nipples). To show how similar and yet diverse this little part of our body can be, as unique as a fingerprint and yet always recognizable as such. The collection consists of 6 brooches, one of which is intended for the wall. Each brooch contains one or more porcelain tiles, which are the precise imprint of a total of 50 different nipples (which is still only a sample of the actual existing diversity).

Through the replication, the glazing and the square shape, the origin of the imprints can no longer be directly seen. The nipples are taken out of their original context and can only be recognized as such after a closer look. This abstraction is meant to induce the viewer to come closer and perhaps to even touch the jewellery before realising that it is made of nipples. The big wall brooch, instead, is an open invitation to consciously confront this taboo. The almost scientific presentation is meant to highlight the diversity and uniqueness of
nipples, depicting the different shapes, sizes and colours.


Contact:
Mail:  vivian.manzardo@gmail.com - manzardo.jewelry@gmail.com
Website: www.vivianmanzardo.com
Instagram: @vivianmanzardo.jewellery

Find out more about the courses at Pforzheim University School of Design
 
Vivian Manzardo. Brooch: Untitled, 2023. Porcelain, steel and silver. 4 x 4.5 x 0.9 cm and 3.5 x 3.4 x 1.2 cm. Photo by: Petra Jaschke. From series: A Matter of Nipples. 2 brooches
. 60€ and 45€
. Models: Felicitas Wasner & Til Lohmeyer. Vivian Manzardo
Brooch: Untitled, 2023
Porcelain, steel and silver
4 x 4.5 x 0.9 cm and 3.5 x 3.4 x 1.2 cm
Photo by: Petra Jaschke
From series: A Matter of Nipples
2 brooches
60€ and 45€
Models: Felicitas Wasner & Til Lohmeyer
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Vivian Manzardo. Object: Untitled, 2023. Brass, porcelain, grout, silicon, steel piercing. 18.3 x 36 x 2.3 cm. Photo by: Vivian Manzardo. From series: A Matter of Nipples. Vivian Manzardo
Object: Untitled, 2023
Brass, porcelain, grout, silicon, steel piercing
18.3 x 36 x 2.3 cm
Photo by: Vivian Manzardo
From series: A Matter of Nipples
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Estimated price: 2200 €

Vivian Manzardo. Brooch: Untitled, 2023. Porcelain, silver (oxidized), steel. 13.5 x 3.7 x 2.9 cm. From series: A Matter of Nipples. Vivian Manzardo
Brooch: Untitled, 2023
Porcelain, silver (oxidized), steel
13.5 x 3.7 x 2.9 cm
From series: A Matter of Nipples
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Estimated price: 900 €

Vivian Manzardo. Brooch: Untitled, 2023. Porcelain, silver (oxidized), steel. 13.5 x 3.7 x 2.9 cm. From series: A Matter of Nipples. On body view
. Photo by Petra Jaschke
. Model: Felicitas Wasner. Vivian Manzardo
Brooch: Untitled, 2023
Porcelain, silver (oxidized), steel
13.5 x 3.7 x 2.9 cm
From series: A Matter of Nipples

On body view
Photo by Petra Jaschke
Model: Felicitas Wasner

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Estimated price: 900 €

Vivian Manzardo. Brooch: Untitled, 2023. Porcelain, silver, steel. 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.9 cm. Photo by: Vivian Manzardo. From series: A Matter of Nipples. Vivian Manzardo
Brooch: Untitled, 2023
Porcelain, silver, steel
3.5 x 3.5 x 1.9 cm
Photo by: Vivian Manzardo
From series: A Matter of Nipples
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Estimated price: 250 €

Vivian Manzardo. Brooch: Untitled, 2023. Porcelain, silver, steel. 3.5 x 3.4 x 2.6 cm. Photo by: Vivian Manzardo. From series: A Matter of Nipples. Vivian Manzardo
Brooch: Untitled, 2023
Porcelain, silver, steel
3.5 x 3.4 x 2.6 cm
Photo by: Vivian Manzardo
From series: A Matter of Nipples
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Estimated price: 380 €

Vivian Manzardo. Brooch: Untitled, 2023. Porcelain, silver, steel. 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.9 cm. Photo by: Vivian Manzardo. From series: A Matter of Nipples. On body view
. Photo by Petra Jaschke
. Models: Felicitas Wasner & Til Lohmeyer. Vivian Manzardo
Brooch: Untitled, 2023
Porcelain, silver, steel
3.5 x 3.5 x 1.9 cm
Photo by: Vivian Manzardo
From series: A Matter of Nipples

On body view
Photo by Petra Jaschke
Models: Felicitas Wasner & Til Lohmeyer

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Estimated price: 250 €