Join The Car-Crash Set: Jewellery, Violence, Ethics

Alexander, Dauvit (2019) Join The Car-Crash Set: Jewellery, Violence, Ethics. Journal of Jewellery Research, 2. ISSN 2516-337X

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Jewellery can have great power in mediating the confusing, frightening and dangerous world in which young people sometimes find themselves, allowing them a physical manifestation and cathartic release of their pain and fear, an object which reminds them that someone has listened, believed and cared.

Working with five young people, photographer, Simon Murphy, and I documented a series of narratives exploring how violence has affected their lives, producing a body of work which was subsequently exhibi ted at the Centre for Contemporary Craft (CCA) in Pittsburgh, USA, as part of their “Enough Violence: Artists Speak Out” exhibition in 2014.

This paper is a personal account of the background to the exhibition and the responses to it and suggests ways in which this type of work could be developed by other jewellers. I take an honest, self-critical look at the importance of the rigorous ethical thinking in creating this kind of work, especially in relation to the authenticity of voice and the ownership of transcribed narratives.

Item Type: Article
Date: February 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: jewellery jewelry violence crime criminology mediation narrative photography
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Jewellery, Fashion & Textiles > Birmingham School of Jewellery
Depositing User: Dauvit Alexander
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 11:17
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2020 12:05

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