EMILIA-AMALIA: Body, Language, Labour, and Ritual (Workshop with Vanessa Pa...

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Join researcher Vanessa Parent as she discusses the continued resonance of Italian feminist art critic Carla Lonzi’s theories in the contemporary art practices of Chiara Fumai and Claire Fontaine. Calling attention to the political potential of both a critical historical consciousness and an obstinacy towards adapting to power's changing conditions and ever-increasing reach, this presentation and discussion seeks to explore the fertile landscape provided by a feminism that renders the self the target of revolutionary praxis, expanding its scope beyond biological sex, normative sexual orientation, and cultural identity.

Parent’s research is part of an ongoing book-length project titled Body, Language, Labour and Ritual: Sexual Difference, Embodied Resistance and the Political Potential of De-Culturation, part of a postdoctoral fellowship with the Rome Contemporary research initiative at the Bibliotheca Hertziana/Max Planck Institute for Art History (Spring 2020).


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Vanessa Parent is an art historian, sessional lecturer (University of Ottawa) and dance instructor based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, unceded land of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. Her current research focuses on Italian feminist theory and art practice in the 1970s and its engagement with the abstract dimensions and material conditions determining the lived-experience of an imposed sexual difference. Contributing a trans-historical approach to the study of art and feminism, this research includes the work of contemporary artists whose practices directly engage with these post-1968 feminist concerns, testifying to their continued relevance.


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