THE UNEXPECTED SUBJECT:
1978 ART AND FEMINISM IN ITALY


Published by
Flash Art
216 pages
18 x 24 cm
English/Italian
Softcover
ISBN 978-88-941540-8-5

Price: 124 lei

Texts by: Ilaria Bussoni, Barbara Casavecchia, Cristina Casero, Leslie Cozzi, Mariarosa Dalla Costa, Silvia Federici, Daniela Ferrari, Jacopo Galimberti, Laura Iamurri, Caterina Iaquinta, Christian Marazzi, Lea Melandri, Raffaella Perna, Marco Scotini, Carla Subrizi, Elvira Vannini, Giovanna Zapperi.

The Unexpected Subject. 1978 Art and Feminism in Italy recounts the Seventies as a key phase in the history of Italian art of the 20th century, during which the spread of feminist thinking stimulates a new critical awareness that encourages many female artists, curators and art historians to rethink their role in society, life and art. Starting from a symbolic date, 1978, the year in which Mirella Bentivoglio presents more than 80 female artists at the exhibition Materializzazione del linguaggio on the occasion of the 38th Venice Biennale, the catalogue rereads the decade to focus on the close link between artistic practice and feminism. The stories and artworks of the female protagonists of that season testify to the emergence in the scene of history of a new subject (an unexpected subject) that, interrupting “the monologue of patriarchal culture”, finally manages to manifest itself.

Works by Marina Abramović, Carla Accardi, Paola Agosti, Annalisa Alloatti, Mathelda Balatresi, Liliana Barchiesi, Mirella Bentivoglio, Valentina Berardinone, Cathy Berberian, Renate Bertlmann, Tomaso Binga, Irma Blank, Diane Bond, Alberti Bundi, Marcella Campagnano, Françoise Canal, Lisetta Carmi, Ela Caroli, Antonietta Casiello, Paula Claire, Mercedes Cuman, Dadamaino, Betty Danon, Hanne Darboven, Agnese De Donato, Agnes Denes, Chiara Diamantini, Neide Dias De Sá, Lia Drei, Anna Esposito, Amelia Etlinger, Maria Ferrero Gussago, Giosetta Fioroni, Simone Forti, Milli Gandini, Rimma Gerlovina, Natal'ja Sergeevna Gončarová, Nicole Gravier, Alberto Grifi, Pat Grimshaw, Bohumila Grögerová, Elisabetta Gut, Micheline Hachette, Ana Hatherly, Rebecca Horn, Sanja Iveković, Joan Jonas, Annalies Klophaus, Janina Kraupe, Ketty La Rocca, Katalin Ladik, Maria Lai, Liliana Landi, Sveva Lanza, Paola Levi Montalcini, Natalia Ll, Lucia Marcucci, Paola Mattioli, Libera Mazzoleni, Gisella Meo, Marisa Merz, Annabella Miscuglio, Verita Monselles, Adriana Monti, Aurelia Munõz, Giulia Niccolai, Anna Oberto, Stephanie Oursler, Anésia Pacheco E Chaves, Anna Paci, Rosa Panaro, Gina Pane, Clemen Parrocchetti, Jennifer Pike Cobbing, Marguerite Pinney, Bogdanka Poznanovic, Betty Radin, Carol Rama, Regina (CASSOLO Bracchi), Cloti Ricciardi, Giovanna Sandri, Suzanne Santoro, Mimma Sardella, Bruna Sarno, Mira Schendel, Carolee Schneemann, Greta Schödl, Eleanor Schott, Mariuccia Secol, Berty Skuber, Mary Ellen Solt, Wendy Stone, Chima Sunada, Salette Tavares, Biljana Tomić, Anna Trapani, Silvia Truppi, Valie Export, Patrizia Vicinelli, Jacqueline Vodoz, Gisela Von Frankenberg, Simona Weller, Francis Widmer, Francesca Woodman.

Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan, from April 4 to May 26, 2019.

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