Vivi Touloumidi is a contextual artist, researcher and a craftswoman trained in contemporary craft and jewellery. She is lecturer at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and a co-curator of the artistic research seminar METHOD/ART. Vivi was born and studied in Athens, Greece, before continuing her education in Germany and Canada. She holds an MFA in the Crafts from Konstfack University in Stockholm and is currently conducting a PhD in the Arts at ARIA and University Antwerp, under the title “Pharmakos”.
Her work has been published and shown internationally in several curated gallery and museum, such as the Pinakothek der Moderne (DE), COLLECT (UK), KunstRAI (NL), ITAMI Museum (JP), Hellenic Museum (AUS), CODA Museum (NL), GRASSIMESSE (DE), World Crafts Council (BE), SOFA (USA) and is part of the public collections of the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim (DE), Cominelli Foundation (IT) and the Marzee Collection (NL), among others. She is contributing author of Art Jewellery Forum and member of the CCQO (Culture Commons Quest Office).
She is interested in exploring adornment as a multifaceted cultural phenomenon and in its manifestations of the human condition, while taking into consideration today’s social challenges. Her practice investigates the wearable and the body-related object as a medium of agency to carry sociopolitical messages, evoke discourse and position a body in the public realm.
(Photo by Wannes Cré)