Libera Mazzoleni

LIBERA MAZZOLENI debuted in the 60s with experiments on the language of sculpture, photography and performance art. She puts at the centre of her work the urgencies of the feminist revolution and gender identity in opposition to the models imposed by patriarchal society. In her first solo show, Oh! La meraviglia dell’esistente! (1973), she exhibited sculptures in polyester that paired details of the female body with phrases written by hand. In 1974 she published the art book Linee Complessi Essere. Among the historic group shows she has participated in are: Magma (1977) and Il volto sinistro dell’arte (1977), where she exhibited the series Luca, II – 49: sixteen photographs in which she crosses out and matched the words of a verse of the Gospel of Luke with different images, to reveal the “excluding and misogynist” aspect of the text and to suggest other possibilities for a liberation from oppression. *She was born in Milan in 1949, where she lives and works.