‘In Dialogue’ – Tuesday afternoon lecture series with Silvana Mc Nulty (alum 2019) in conversation with Irma Földényi and Saskia Van der Gucht

Through forty images, Silvana Mc Nulty will share the evolution of her practice, her process and her position as an artist in the art world. She works mainly with textile technics, such as crochet, that she mingles with different objects. Each piece she creates is often of a small scale, allowing her to work wherever she is and offering her flexibility and autonomy. It is through accumulation and association that the scale changes adapting to the exhibition space. Questions of installation are therefore inherent to her work.

Bio: Silvana Mc Nulty (born in 1995, lives and works in Paris) is a French artist. Her practice lies at the intersection of sculpture, object, jewellery and textile. She places raw material at the center of her research. Through her practice of weaving and patchwork, organic and artificial confront and mingle. She creates objects that are both flexible and unstable whose hybrid status rises confusion. Her work has been exhibited at In Extenso (Clermont-Ferrand), Le Creux de l’Enfer (Thiers), Treize (Paris) and the Florence Loewy gallery (Paris), which represents her.

Irma Földényi and Saskia Van der Gucht will present Sandscapes (2023). They will give an introduction on their practices and their collaboration in artistic research where they look at the topic of ecology through precious mined materials.

Sand is a granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles. After water it is the most utilized natural resource on earth. It is present in every structure, road, window, and screen we use daily. As abundant as it seems, it is predicted to become scarce due to overconsumption by industrial use.

‘Sandscapes’ was an exhibition at Kunsthal Extra City in Antwerp, Belgium by Saskia Van der Gucht, Irma Földényi, Eline de Clercq and Virág Szálas-Motesiczky. It presented a case study on sand, its finitude and preciousness through four perspectives.

This collaborative artistic research was a result of ‘an invitation to think with us’ – from Irma and Saskia to Virág and Eline – to test their research around the central question: How would you translate finitude through your practice?

Their fieldwork spanned across contexts of an archeological site, a construction project, hardware stores and a gem laboratory, looking at ways of connecting specific locations, theory readings, material samples and experiments.  The presentation shared physical outcomes of the four participants, curated over scale, referring to the gradualness between a piece of land and a grain of sand.

Sandscapes, 2023

Bio: Saskia Van der Gucht (BE) is a visual artist, researcher and teacher based in Antwerp. Her work deals with the complexities and ecologies of emotional and economic value of materials and the feeling of home.
Through a combination of references to jewellery and architecture, she translates these subjects into objects, small installations, photography and drawing.

In 2014 she obtained an MA in Jewellery Design at Sint Lucas Antwerp. Currently she is enrolled in the Advanced Master program on research in Art & Design in a socio-political context.
Since 2019 she has been teaching the theory course ‘Art & design in the anthropocene’ together with Irma Földényi. From 2017 to 2022 she was a teacher at the jewellery department, both at Sint Lucas Antwerp.

Bio: In her practice Irma Földényi (HU/NL) brings together outcomes from her ongoing, often collaborative research into the sourcing and valuing of materials, and the possible roles of the jeweller within contemporary material discourse. It seems important to try to understand where and how materials enter our lives and to question the construction of their value, but complex supply chains and industrial processing often obscure any connection to a material’s origin. By giving form to context, she aims to reveal nuanced stories from our geological era. The outcomes are designed not to draw attention to themselves as primarily precious jewellery objects but to communicate their connections to broader fields — whether historical, geographical, ecological or otherwise.

Irma has been teaching at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Jewellery – Linking Bodies and Sint Lucas Antwerpen Jewellery Department. She is currently developing her PhD ‘Voices of Materials’ at Sint Lucas Antwerpen & University of Antwerpen, and is a board member of the Francoise van den Bosch Foundation, which aims to stimulate and promote contemporary jewellery.

We look forward to welcome Irma, Saskia and Silvana!

Tuesday 21.5.2024
FedLev Auditorium
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Fred. Roeskestraat 96
1076 ED Amsterdam

For more information and bio’s please visit our website: www.jewellerydepartment.nl

Hope to see you next Tuesday, Jewellery – Linking Bodies

‘In Dialogue’ – Tuesday afternoon lecture series with Margherita Chinchio (alum 2019) in conversation with Frank Verkade.

Margherita Chinchio – Desk

We are excited to invite you to the second talk of this series. It will take place coming Tuesday, with Margherita Chinchio (2019 Jewellery- Linking Bodies alumni) in conversation with Frank Verkade.

When: Tuesday 23rd of April, 14:30-17:00
Where: Gerrit Rietveld Academie, FedLev Auditorium Fred. Roeskestraat 96, 1076 ED Amsterdam


A conversation about autonomous craft by Margherita Chinchio:

In this open conversation, Margherita will share her experience on navigating an autonomous practice after graduating, nurturing creative process and finding ways to (self)-represent. 
In-between sculpting, experimenting and image making, she enjoys flowing freely in between different scales and mediums, embracing a multitude of techniques and materials without being held back by the boundaries of any specific discipline.
Through the presentation of past and future projects Margherita will share her approach to craft, materials and context.

Margherita’s bio: Margherita Chinchio is an Italian multi-disciplinary designer and maker, mostly working in the field of jewellery. Originally trained as a costume and set designer, she graduated from the Jewellery department at Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Amsterdam in 2019.  In 2020 she relocated to Milan, where she’s currently based. Her practice consists of autonomous research-based projects, as well as commissioned work, bespoke pieces and small series. Material investigation is at the very core of her work, where ancient craftsmanship techniques are intertwined with graphical, digital and fictional realms. Through her jewellery she likes to trigger the viewer’s sense of imagination and tactility by exploring the tension between the perceived and the unexpected.

Future Practice by Frank Verkade

Frank Verkade GEMZ – Unpacked, Curated by Current Obsession, image by Anwyn Howarth

How can the concept of ‘future’ be utilised for artistic purposes? Collectively we will travel between past, present and future, investigating new sites of research and ways of framing our creative process and practices.

In addition to a number of speculative exercises, we will reflect upon the reality of building and maintaining a practice of our own: profiling, positioning, (self)-representation, communication and sales.

Frank’s bio: Exploring the meaning of our constructed bodies, Frank Verkade draws upon the biological and sociocultural building blocks that shape our human appearance. In additional to his curatorial practice, Verkade initiates educational programmes to mobilise exemplary practitioners to gain collective momentum.  

(Past) clients and collaborators include Current Obsession, New Order of Fashion, Nieuwe Instituut and ArtEZ University of the Arts amongst others. 

We are looking forward to seeing you again!