On Material Kinship: Fossilised Lives, Queer Plastics & Jewellery Magic Lecture Synopsis: Clementine Edwards will present a poetic essay that introduces her artistic research material kinship and trace its ‘family’ lineage, which predates both her gold and silversmithing studies and her own birth. Material kinship is interested in complicating notions of kinship beyond the normative or biological, and complicating notions of material beyond the non-sentient.
Clementine Edwards is a Rotterdam-based artist whose practice is led by sculpture. Her work looks at how certain experiences and relationships might be enriched and expanded through material, and at the reproductive potential of non-sentient materials. Her ongoing research line is material kinship, which she locates in the context of climate colonialism. Despite ‘difficult’ subject matter, her artworks invite intimacy via detail, story, and precariousness. In 2021 Clementine will publish The Material Kinship Reader,co-edited with Kris Dittel. clementineedwards.com
“While we are all watching caregivers, nurses, and doctors giving all they can to our communities, risking their lives for us, we want to find a way to honor them. They should all get a medal, a votive offering given in gratitude or devotion. At some point this crisis will end and there will be a moment when we can thank them for all they do. We propose to present as many health workers as we can with a medal based on a traditional ex-voto, also to mark the moment when we can see a future.”
An initiative of Iris Eichenberg and Jimena Rios
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Jewellery Linking Bodies, 1st year participation
The prominent Dutch poet and secretary to stadholder Frederick Henry,
Constantijn Huygens (1596–1687), was a true polymath. He was a
diplomat, an art connoisseur, a bibliophile, collector, musician,
scholar and a perfumer. Mainly by means of his correspondence, he
maintained a vast network of contacts reaching ‘everybody who mattered’
in the Dutch Golden Age. It is estimated that Huygens wrote and
received more than 100,000 letters.
Ineke Huysman: works as a researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands in Amsterdam. At present, she is project manager of the Correspondence of Constantijn Huygens, the Correspondence of Johan de Witt, the Correspondences of Dutch Stadtholders-wives and the Diaries of Willem de Clercq and the digitization of the autograph collection of the Royal Archives.She graduated at the University of Amsterdam with a thesis on the life of Béatrix de Cusance, a 17th-century Duchess of Lorraine.