Until June 6th, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea gives substance to the notion of feminism with its latest exhibition
‘Io dico Io – I say I’ is the title of the exhibition, curated by Cecilia Canziani, Lara Conte, and Paola Ugolini, on show until June 6th at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea. It is loosely based on the writings of the late Italian feminist activist Carla Lonzi, with which it shares a common expressive need. The necessity of asserting one’s subjectivity through achieving a single multitude but with the multiplicity that echoes even in agreements and discords.
‘Io dico Io – I say I’ is the title of the exhibition, curated by Cecilia Canziani, Lara Conte, and Paola Ugolini, on show at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
It gathers the works of forty Italian female artists of different generations. The link between them is that, in various historical and social contexts, they all told their adventure of authenticity and have expressed their own way of inhabiting the world through a constellation of visions. Self-representation, a gaze that challenges existing roles, writing as a practice and self-narration, body as a measure, a limit and a trespass, resisting homologation – these are just a few of the themes around which the show is layered, overturning points of view and creating new visions and narratives.
Starting in the Salone Centrale, a core that drives and irradiates, the exhibition exists in relation to Time is Out of Joint. The works occupy halls and marginal areas of the museum and enter the part where the materials from Carla Lonzi Archive are presented for the first time. In this section, the radical thought of the art critic and feminist engages with two new commissions by Italian artists as well as the works of the collections of the museum. This dialogue reveals multiple and unprecedented possibilities of interpreting the work of this figure, internationally renowned in the fields of art history and the history of feminism. ‘Io dico Io – I say I’ does not invent new words, but instead looks deep into the word we already have, “feminism”. In various and singular ways, the show gives substance to that notion.