JEWELLERY AND GENDER IDENTITY
A key distinguishing feature of a person is their gender. Stereotypes have an influence on gender identity. Franziska Höhnes work sharpens the senses to become more sensitive when dealing with people’s identities. Pigeonholing of gender should be relaxed, so that everyone can become aware of their identity and develop it freely, without constant imprinting from the outside. In Höhne’s collection, there are no stereotypical gender markers that point to a particular way of identifying, so everyone can determine their own identity. The person can determine how the jewellery is worn, and can either give hints about the wearer’s identity or blind it. Franziska Höhne has playfully utilised stereotyped gender-role-specific ideas in her choices of material. The wood stands for the stereotypical male image, the hunting man, who is looking for food in the forest and takes the wild boar with his bare hands. The silver is symbolic of the neutral, and the pottery symbolizes the stereotypical female image of the housekeeper.
Photos without Model: Petra Jaschke Photos with Model: Maximilian Heinsch, Model: Vanessa Raddatz