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Through the female gaze: women and work in Italy since the 1950s



Through the female gaze: women and work in Italy since the 1950s

Through the female gaze: women and work in Italy since the 1950s

Italian Cultural Institute in London
3 - 23 December 2021
Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition curated by Maria Chiara Di Trapani and coordinated by historians Ilaria Favretto (Kingston University), Nico Pizzolato (Middlesex University) and Eloisa Betti (Università di Bologna and UDI).

ICI London supports this exhibition which looks at how female photographers have explored the world of work in contemporary Italy, with over 100 selected images from the work of 12 female artists and two collectives, together with important loans from the Collezione Donata Pizzi and a selection of images from UDI (Union of Italian Women) Archive in Bologna. A constellation of women from different generations are brought together through their shared use of the medium of photography as a means of personal emancipation and political inquiry. The selection includes: Paola Agosti, Marcella Campagnano, Lisetta Carmi, Liliana Barchiesi, Letizia Battaglia, Cristina Omenetto, Collettivo Donne Fotoreporter, Nicole Gravier, Gruppo del Mercoledì, Allegra Martin, Gabriella Mercadini, Michela Palermo, Alessandra Spranzi, Francesca Volpi.
A selection of 64 further images will be on display, from the 3rd of December, on a virtual platform, freely accessible on this link.
The artists presented here are well-known to the general public and have been the subject of great international recognition, like Letizia Battaglia, the first woman to head the photo team of the newspaper L 'Ora who shot for over a decade the mafia killings in Palermo; or Lisetta Carmi, well known for her trailblazer series I travestiti (1965). On display on this occasion is her series dedicated to the workers in the Port of Genoa, or in the cork factories in Sardinia. The UK public will have the opportunity to see for the first time Paola Agosti's ethnographic reportage Immagini dal mondo dei vinti, and the series La donna e la Macchina-The Woman and the Machine (1983) as well the reportages by Gabriella Mercadin, a militant photographer and contributor to Noi Donne and Il Manifesto newspaper.

Please join us at the institute for the opening of the exhibition on Thursday 2 December at 6.30pm - BOOK HERE

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Sponsored and funded by Kingston University, Association of Modern Italian Studies, Middlesex University, Italian Cultural Institute (London and Edinburgh), with loans from UDI archive, Bologna; Collezione Donata Pizzi; Cineteca di Bologna; Noi Donne magazine


Date: Da Friday, December 03, 2021 a Thursday, December 23, 2021

Time: From 10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Entrance : Free


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