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Su San Cohn has been elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities as an Honorary Fellow, the highest honour for achievement in the humanities in Australia.
“In our 50th anniversary year, I am honoured to welcome the new members of our Fellowship, elected in recognition of their distinguished achievement in the humanities disciplines and their contribution to Australian cultural life,” said President of the Academy Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA.
“Those elected come from a range of fields including archaeology, classics, history, philosophy, media and communications, religion, Asian studies, literature, art history, linguistics and musicology, as well as creative practitioners from across the arts and culture sector.” said Professor Damousi. “They demonstrate the richness and diversity of the humanities in Australia today.”
Su san Cohn is one of Australia’s leading designer-makers, working across practices of jewellery, metalwork and installation. Her work deals with challenging themes including war, the fragility of youth, AIDS prevention, homelessness, and most recently, the Danish removal from refugees of their jewellery. Through her Workshop 3000 (Melbourne) she has mentored a generation of Australian craftspeople. She has published three monographs, held 20 exhibitions in Australia, Japan, UK and New Zealand, and curated major shows for Design Museum London and National Gallery of Victoria. Her work is collected internationally. Cohn was for 10 years Trustee of the NGV.