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What are you looking for?

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Published: 03.02.2010
What are you looking for?.
Broes van Iterson


After long deliberation (see previous post), I chose the work ‘What are you looking’ for by Swedish Sofia Björkman. It shows a still-frame of an ultrasound, a western proof of fertility, a symbol of our focus on facts. This is countered by the questions on the bottom. “What are you looking for? What do you hope to see? Will you keep it? Who is responsible for your decision?” They are not the kind of questions asked when someone has an ultrasound. They make it a personal issue, the personal insecurity that comes with every pregnancy.

It is clear that it is a boy, because of his golden phallus protruding out of the picture, a beautiful way of dealing with the lingam. In Hinduism the lingam is an explosive energy, surrounded by the ongoing energy of its’ female equivalent. A clear plastic shape covers the picture, it suggests a uterus, a way of showing the female energy. But it goes further than that; the little thing in the ultrasound is her son, making it very precious, a result of love to be loved. To me, that is the true meaning of lingam. 

© Photography by Rob Versluys

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Broes van Iterson (The Netherlands, 1975) graduated in 1999 as a jeweller and silversmith from Karel de Grote Hogeschool, Antwerp, Belgium. Lived in the USA and Australia and travelled extensively. Currently working as an independent part-time jeweller in Antwerp, Belgium. Blogging about jewellery since October 2008.

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There is a lot of good jewellery design around that is fresh, special, beautiful or plain crazy. It makes me smile, think again, happy and wonder. In my weekly vitrine (show-case in Dutch) it is shown and discussed for all of you!