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TMH Talks: For Iron I Gave Gold

Galleries The Merchant House

Herengracht 254
1016 BV Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 8455955

Open Fri / 12-19.30 hrs + by appointment 

Conversation 5 Oct

Time 5 Oct, 19-21 hrs


19:00 Doors open
19:30 Project presentation of For Iron I gave Gold by Antoinette Vonder Mühll and Olav Velthuis
20:30 Glass of Prosecco

Artist Antoinette Vonder Mühll will present the first part of her project For Iron I Gave Gold, which uses her self-made iron rings, sold for the value of their weight in gold, to address the issue of economic value exchange. She is joined by Olav Velthuis, Professor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Amsterdam, specializing in economic sociology, sociology of the arts and cultural sociology. Velthuis is also the author of Talking Prices: Symbolic Meanings of Prices on the Market for Contemporary Art(Princeton University Press, 2005).
Appropriately set in the 17th-century mercantile environment of The Merchant House, For Iron I Gave Goldaims to substitute a materialistic value for a humane one: The full profit from the iron rings will go to the educational re-integration of children working in artisan gold mines in Kahama District, Tanzania and will be coordinated by the local NGO Rafiki-SDO. Velthuis’s talk will complement Vonder Mühll’s presentation and explore how contemporary art can reflect critically on economic values.
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