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series #1: black anodized & coated aluminum, stainless steel
series #2: casted aluminum, stainless steel 

For the PhD enquiry “Pharmakos”,
research was conducted at historical archives, where cases of social injustice and oppression had been documented. The investigation looked into the design evolution of wearable signs, worn as indicators to systematize and marginalize human bodies during the WWII.

The work draws its title from administration letters of the time and it appropriates and subverts the black triangle ; a sign which was assigned to any prisoner classified as “asocial”. Thus, the work attempts to reverse it into an honouring distinction.

Historically, the pink triangle is a well-known protest emblem used by LGBTQ+ movements. That too, was invented by the Nazis as a derogating sign against homosexuals. A lesser-known aspect though, is that the pink triangle was assigned to men only. When homosexual female bodies had to be classified, then they were indexed into the “asocial” group. A grouping which targeted numerous sub-identities that spanned from homeless to non-conformist women to any behaviour that transgressed the top-down guidelines. The black triangle is considered historically the most feminized category of the WWII.

Following common strategies of socio-political dissent, such as appropriation and subversion, and while acknowledging similar locations of thought emerging globally today, the work proposes statement-pieces that speak of resilience, emancipation and self-determination of the female body and the social body.
2020 / Vivi Touloumidi

In response to the first series of badges in black anodized aluminum, series#2 was created to be set in dialogue with. Though they belong both to the same project and share the same title, the pieces of series #2 were created in casted aluminum, drawn intuitively by the use of flame. Stripped by the use of color, they are still making links back to plain metal tags used during WWII. Their organic and bodily references reflect the content of the project, while they are complementing the industrial mechanic aesthetic of series#1.                                 
2022 / Vivi Touloumidi

For a deeper insight into the project, please read:



artist book 


2022, Track Report series,
limited edition 300 copies

             solo exhibitions

MARZEE  gallery
10. April - 15 June 2022

M HKA museum, INBOX
9.December 2022 - 8 January 2023

photo: M HKA

public collection:
• Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, DE, 2022

• KORU 7, International Contemporary Jewellery,
catalogue, Lappeenranta, FI, 2021

• 350 Words for Jewellery, B.Schmidt, book, Munich, DE,2022
• Die Mysterien der Zeichen, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart, DE, 2022HART magazine, “Method in the Madness” by Vincent Van  Meenen, No. 221, p.67, BE, 2022

all images and texts © Vivi Touloumidi 2010-2023

all images and texts © Vivi Touloumidi 2010-2023