Art Critic, Poet and Feminist, Carla Lonzi was born in 1931 and worked in art criticism from the late 1950s. Throughout the 1960s Carla Lonzi wrote as an art critic for avant-garde magazines and published Autoritratto, a book based on audio recordings with different contemporary artists. In 1970, however, she abandoned her role as an art critic and founded the feminist collective Rivolta Femminile. Rather than develop a feminist art criticism or encourage more women to participate in the arts, Carla Lonzi “rejected the prevailing concept of creativity, in particular the notion that art itself could be an emancipatory practice for women in a field of creativity colonized by ‘the myth of male culture.” p.1 This break with art institutions has produced what Ventrella and Zapperi call “a problematic divide […] in biographical narratives, which seem to pivot around a time before feminism, when she was an art critic, and a time within feminism, when art seems to have no space.” p.1
In their recent anthology, Feminism and Art in Postwar Italy: The Legacy of Carla Lonzi Francesco Ventrella and Giovanna Zapperi bring together a collection of essays that attempt to think these two phases of Lonzi’s life together. In this session we will be joined by Francesco Ventrella to discuss avant-garde in postwar Italy, Carla Lonzi’s art criticism and the feminism of Rivolta Femminile. Ventrella is a senior lecturer in art history at the University of Sussex.
This session will be run as part of the Exploding Appendix Avant-garde Art Practice and Research Group’s meetup every three weeks. The sessions are free and open to everyone. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is needed, but if people are interested, further reading can be found here:
Francesco Ventrella and Giovanna Zapperi ed. Feminism and Art in Postwar Italy: The Legacy of Carla Lonzi
This session will take place both online via Zoom and in person at The Artist Residence, Brighton, UK. The Artists Residence can be found on 33 Regency Square, Brighton, BN1 2GG. Join us in Venue from 7pm and online from 730pm. To book a free place in the venue, click here. For any questions please message me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The online session will take place via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84410813690?pwd=WHh5ZXdta0M0M2d3eEMxeGVLRW9lUT09). The meeting ID is 844 1081 3690. The passcode is “147434“.
This session will be run by Bradley Tuck and take place on the 5th April 2022 from 19:30 – 22:30 (UK time). If you have any questions please message me at email@example.com
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