Jewels That Resist

Review for Art Jewelry Forum of ‘La résistance des bijoux‘ by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay.

A Review of La Résistance des Bijoux: Contre les Géographies Coloniales (in English and in French). The author is an important voice in the postcolonial debate. Her latest research work is interwoven with her personal history, much of it having to do with jewelry after she discovered that part of her identity had been hidden from her. The book underscores that identity can be forcibly simplified, officially obliterated. The things that go with that identity can be forgotten, too, when items such as indigenous jewelry are no longer worn

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Photo: “Arab Jewish children,” from Ariella Aïsha Azoulay’s collection of colonial postcards, photo: Ariella Aïsha Azoulay.