Nuda Vita

I will be exhibiting new work produced for ‘Nuda Vita’ at Munich Jewellery week.  Information, press release and invitation is below, we hope to see you there!


 The practice of collective and political body 

Munich Jewellery Week March 13th – 17th 2019 Every day from 11 am to 7 pm Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm 

Opening reception March 14th from 4 pm to 7 pm 

ABC Westside Galerie Schwanthalerstraße 176 80339 Munich 

Adornment – Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry is pleased to present Nuda Vita, an experience of artistic production that stages the work of some of the most interesting contemporary jewellery artists. 

The initiative, curated by Ilaria Ruggiero, will be held on the occasion of Munich Jewellery Week from March 13th to 17th at ABC Westside Galerie and explores the value and the role of the public, collective and political body, starting from the expression Nuda Vita, coined by Benjamin and then developed by the philosopher Giorgio Agamben, interpreted here as an impossible condition, unspeakable concept, and artistic action. 

Nudity does not happen as a physical condition, but as a symbolic event of resistance and sensitization. 

The exhibition presents the new collections of 13 artists of different nationalities who were invited to work on the idea of the political, public and collective body: Vivien Bedwell, Daria Borovkova, Corrina Goutos, Satomi Kawai, Anna Lewis, Nina Lima, Daniel Ramos Obregón, Daniella Saraya, Hansel Tai, Martina Turini, Tanel Veenre, Maria Ignacia Walker, Snem Yildirim.


With an iconic concept as their starting-point, relating to their own cultures of origin, and linked to a form of oppression of collective and individual freedom, they have developed a body of work inspired by the chosen theme. 

This gave rise to provocative visions, games, reflections and distortions. 

Photographer Simone Franzolini

Photographer Simone Franzolini

Each artist has focused on developing their own artistic research in a definite direction, conceptually developing the intimate experience, in order to return to it through personal and peculiar language: the role of women in society, the question of gender, sexual orientation, spiritual identity, consumerism and disposable culture, the dynamics of appropriation and cultural clash, slavery, the idea of beauty, regimes and dictatorships, mysticism and eroticism, disability and public spaces, are just some of the topics covered by these works. 

The collections have been photographed by different photographers under the creative direction of Arianna Novaga (Adjunct Professor of photography and communication at the IUSVE of Verona and Venice and professor of History and Techniques of Photography at the University of Trieste): Asia Flamini, Simone Franzolini, Marco Pauletto, Joan Porcel Pascual and Angelo Tassitano. 

Photographer Simone Franzolini

Photographer Simone Franzolini

Each of the photographers involved elaborated, through their own visual language, the connotative symbolism of the various artistic projects, emphasizing and thus narrating the intimate and individual experiences of the artists, multiplying at the same time the number of voices and representations. 

Even the catalogue, resembling a dossier, is designed to be an open organism, continuously modifiable and available to include new projects. It responds to the necessity of not wanting to give answers, but of enhancing questions and investigations. 

Nuda Vita represents the time when life is both experienced and reconciled. 

Concretely it aims to be an artistic movement, an open and continuous platform of reflection and stimulation to give substance to those studies, which see the body and existence as an area of exploration.
It is an act of provocation and resistance, subversion and sensitisation, which focuses upon the body, through the medium of the jewel, as a statement of politics, identity and humanity. 

For information and appointments: 

Ilaria Ruggiero
Founder and Curator
Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry Email:


Adornment - Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry is a curatorial integrated project dedicated to contemporary art jewelry. Founded by Ilaria Ruggiero, it relies on the professionalism of a composite team coming from contemporary art and design. It aims to develop the knowledge and consciousness of contemporary jewelry as artistic discipline as well as ground search for technique, aesthetics and philosophy. 

Photographer Simone Franzolini

Photographer Simone Franzolini

Anna Lewis, United Kingdom 

From the series Stay

Photographer Simone Franzolini

Body piece, foam, dyed goose feathers

Location Hotel Nani Mocenigo Palace, Venice 2018 

Anna Lewis investigates the aesthetic, symbolic and costume imagery of the Victorian era, starting from an antique corset made of whalebone, linen and silk, dated 1780.The corset is an object of conflict and contrast; it represents both control and support. She plays with the dual appearance of the corset like a bird’s wing, free, when shown unworn and opened. When used, on the contrary, it becomes an element of constriction and turns the female into a cultural object through control and distortion.

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