UPCOMING Oct 2012: Šperk Stret International Jewellery Conference

Thursday 11th - Friday 12th Oct. 2012

Julia will be running an Objects in Purgatory event at Šperk Stret'12 International Jewellery Conferenceat the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Šperkstret '12 delegates, students and members of the public will be invited to contribute their uncherished gifts to an Objects in Purgatory exhibition. The objects will be on display throughout Šperk Stret 2012, until the final day, when visitors will have the opportunity to chose an object to take home. Any objects that aren’t taken will be destroyed in a public display, using jeweller's tools and processes. The exhibition is a temporary resting place for objects, and gives them a second chance at fulfilling their potential as cherished possessions before being condemned. In this way the exhibition is a playful representation of purgatory.

Uncherished gifts offer rich potential for interpretation, because they don’t occupy comfortable positions in our homes. As much as we want to divest ourselves of them, they require that we keep them. The Campaign uncovers the contradictory emotions that these troublesome possessions mediate, and explores how their uncertain status is reflected in the way we keep them.

Julia Keyte 2012