Sari Rathel Gender Blender

Sari Räthel: Gender Blender

11 December, 2016

Gender theorist Judith Butler claims that gender is a social construction we are born into and copy form our parents and surroundings, but not something we necessarily have a choice about how we enact in life. This project is interrogating this idea by enabling the wearer to ‘try on’ their gender in a fictional wardrobe full of jewellery items, which embody stereotypically gendered body parts. Offering them the accessories to change it or enhance it, depending on how they feel or want to appear. The pieces are inspired by breasts, hips, balls, broad shoulder and the Adam’s apple but also adorn areas which normally get cosmetically modified to fit into social expectations like the armpit, the nails and the ear canal.

Sari Rathel Gender Blender
Sari Rathel Gender Blender
Sari Rathel Gender Blender

The film Gender Blender was developed in collaboration between the artist couple Lea Collet & Marios Stamatis, Sari Räthel and the videographer Eliška Kyselová.

Lea and Marios created a performance piece around the concept of Sari’s jewellery collection, which questions gender stereotypes and is a way of exploring gender deconstruction through jewellery. The work centres around considering gender and life as performance itself and both directly draws from, and is inspired by, the absurdity of reality TV shows.

Credits for photos:
Jewellery: Sari Räthel
Photography: Eliška Kyselková

Model: Jika Edström, Niall Reynolds
Hair & Make-up: Roro Cuenca
Assistants: Desirée Slabik, Phoebe Argent, Isla Macer Law
Technical Assistant: Simon Ward

Credits for video:
Performance: Lea Colett & Marios Stamatis
Director of photography: Eliška Kyselková
Jewellery: Sari Räthel
Assistants: Ricarda Wolf, Elizabeth Manders