Adel Abdessemed
Game, 2016
18kt white gold laser-cut razor blade earrings
7 cm long
Edition of 10
Signed and numbered

Game est une arme et un ornement – un objet à double tranchant. Une architecture de lames de rasoir telle que je les élabore….  il s’agit d’un prisme aussi bien que d’une évidence – une sorte de ‘beauté fatale’…”

Adel Abdessemed

Game is a weapon and an ornament – a double-edged object. I developed it as an architecture of razor blades … it is a prism as much as an evidence – a sort of  ‘fatal beauty’…”

Adel Abdessemed

Game (2016) is the first wearable art project designed by the artist Adel Abdessemed, in collaboration with Elisabetta Cipriani.

Inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s idea of ‘fatal beauty’, Abdessemed created a chain bracelet and a pair of earrings made of an accumulation of white gold laser-cut razor blades.

Game encapsulates the notion of fatal beauty by being both lethal and attractive in its appearance. It provides the person who will wear it with a complex interplay between being threatened and at the same time reassured by its beauty.

Through its complex identity, Game draws from Abdessemed’s artistic practice, in which he consistently blends elements of beauty and brutality. Developing an artistic vision from text, images and life, Abdessemed engages with the flaws and contradictions of the contemporary world. As the artist states: “My art makes no claim at representing reality, but simply a touching reality.”

The artist has created an edition of six chain bracelets and an edition of ten earrings.

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