In order to compose “Autoritratto”, Carla Lonzi recorded conversations directly, availing herself of the then new technology of the tape recorder. Carla Lonzi by Carla Subrizi Carla Lonzi’s book Autoritratto (Self-portrait) was published by De Donato. A polyphonic self-portrait. The life and work of Carla Lonzi (–) is inseparable from the cultural, political, and social history of Italy in the decades.

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Lonzi delivers her objections from the standpoint of the human relationship as a means without an end. She did not believe that there was a possible reconciliation between art and feminist activism. This interruption is a transformative gesture.

With this opportunity, I have realized that an identification of myself was happening automatically, which had been left in suspense until that moment, and in that impossibility I had consumed an incredible amount of energy. These are autoritratt fundamental epistemological questions addressed in the book, which are still relevant for contemporary emancipatory politics.

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It is not the struggle I want if it exists just to end. Her Self-portrait, published in and now translated into French for the first time, is a book-montage made from conversations recorded with 14 artists where Lonzi deconstructs art criticism and invents a style of writing based on subjectivity, exchange and non-linearity.

Carla Lonzi Florence, March 6, — Milan, August 2, was an Italian art critic turned feminist activist and author, best known as a cofounder of the Rivolta Femminile, Feminine Revolt an Italian feminist collective formed in It maintains it while also making contact: Click to start a discussion of the article above.

The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again. She is currently working on a book on Carla Lonzi which will be published next year Scritti di Rivolta Femminile, Lonzi, correspondingly, sets out with the specific intent to see and portray herself through othersin Autoritratto.


The same threat hangs over both: Lonzi and Consagra never married. Courtesy Archivio Pietro Consagra. Francesco Ventrella will focus on Lonzi s Autoritratto in the framework of a feminist-queer reading of the text, which will put her in dialogue with important Anglo-American feminist theorists; Chiara Fumai, who is part of a younger generation of feminist artists, will close the day by recounting her own involvement with Carla Lonzi s feminism in her performative practice.

How would you describe this kind of experience then? Diario di una femminista.

She makes complete her duration. For example, Lonzi’s final, and most well-known, work in the field of art criticism, “Autorittrato”, was quickly forgotten.

In a text fromAntonella Nappi, who belonged to a different current of Italian feminism, wrote some enlightening lines about the political and existential content of nudity. We struggle by stretching, turning, spinning, bruising, showing skin, wear, and traces of blood.

Finding Resonances with Carla Lonzi

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Berkeley: It was published at a time when women’s sexuality and self-liberation were at the forefront of feminist discussion. It was the same for me. She directly compares herself with Plath, acknowledging her affinity, yet lays out a key difference: So when she asks, who is the critic autortratto, another question is implicit: You are commenting using your WordPress.

Her texts and conversations with artists provided the materials for her book Autoritratto Self-Portrait which reflects her struggle to redefine and support her female subjectivity within the male-dominated art world of the time. In this email is a confirmation link.

Finding Resonances with Carla Lonzi, Giovanna Zapperi by Federica Bueti

But above all, her work is a precious tool because thinking against ourselves has become a vital necessity, as the illusion of a space outside power has completely faded. I have always liked the autobiographies of saints.

You recline, you lapse, you fall, you see before you what you have seen before. Dialogue with Pietro Consagra Milan: But, should we leave that ineffable abode of Love, He would see but the rags and chaff of unclean and worthless deeds. Still more deadly were those roles that were her material, her life behind writing because what woman could be just a writeras housewife and mother—again, she could not achieve acceptance as a writer without first gaining approval as a womanwhich meant, especially then: We are the dark past of the world.


This reinvention was done through continuous experimentation with writing and knowledge production. EnglishItalianEnglish.

Beside wanting to focus on Lonzi s rejection of formalism, Sabeth projected to discuss this shift in relation to a lonnzi agenda of emancipatory identity politics of that time. Like researchers, artists construct the stages where the manifestation and effect of their skills are exhibited, rendered uncertain in the terms of the new idiom that conveys a new intellectual adventure.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. The lnozi of the Rivolta Femminile are largely grounded in “autocoscienza” theory and practices. There is a desire to question the authority of the art critic as much as the position of the author who writes from a distance. Your comment will only be submitted if the strings match. Of course, the writing of the diary is very much auyoritratto to the practice of autocoscienza, but they are not the same thing.

Not in the least of all pasts.

Her father owned a small industrial company and her mother dedicated her life to the nurture and education of Lonzi and her four siblings. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.