Galerie BSL is presenting Kathy Ludwig’s ‘Hosting Parasites,’ a collection of performative jewellery belonging to the realms of art which earned her a first class honours degree from the Design Academy Eindhoven. ‘The objects that I create are intriguing, attractive and maybe even repulsive, provoking contradictory sentiments and raising questions. Their interaction with the body makes certain values or demeanour tangible. A living sculpture is formed from their unison.’

‘Hosting Parasites’ consists of three smoked oak cabinets of curiosities. Each of these presentation cases contains latex, ivory, fabric, silver and porcelain objects for experimenting with, which inhabit the user’s body/support, leaving behind its imprint or fusing with it. Here flesh is the actual, sublimated showpiece. Kathy Ludwig puts this territory to the test, examining without value judgement the parasitic or symbiotic character of any human relationship: to give; to receive; to conquer; to exploit; to benefit; to cooperate; to pool… to love.

In the first series, four pieces of white porcelain are inspired by parasites which slip beneath the skin. Attached to a part of the body with a silver thread, they leave an imprint of the parasite on the flesh, visually comparable to a fossil.

The four suckers in the second case embody the vampiric aspect of a relationship. These latex leeches leave a red mark on the body, an ephemeral and decorative trace bestowed by the sucking of the parasite.

The third series consists of three pieces which are skin like in tone and to the touch. Once worn, these imitations of parasitic bodies blend with the rest of the hand, the fingers becoming limbs with the sentiment of being part of one and the same body.

Kathy Ludwig was born in 1983 in Germany and graduated with honours in 2009 from the Design Academy Eindhoven for ‘Hosting Parasites,’ a collection produced in a limited edition of 8 by Galerie BSL. Each case comprises jewellery to experiment with, in addition to texts and photographs which serve as a user guide, as well as a commentary and the performative trace.


« Hosting Parasites » by Kathy Ludwig

Galerie BSL

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