Through the female gaze: women and work in Italy since the 1950s
Italian Cultural Institute, London
3-23 December 2021
The exhibition 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.
The exhibition is 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). It is 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.
The show is displayed in the ground foor and the basement of the Italian Cultural Institute, London into a long sequence mostly in black and white, accompanied by two site-specifc video projections. It will open in the main space of the Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh, on the 8th of March 2022.
A selection of 64 images will be on display, from the 3rd of December, on a virtual platform, freely accessible on this link.