The curators of the volume Raffaella Perna and Francesca Gallo converse with Fabio Cavallucci
Ketty La Rocca (La Spezia, 1938 – Firenze, 1976) is one of the protagonists of the Italian neo-avantgarde movement. In 1956 she moved to Florence, where she started to collaborate with the Gruppo 70, producing collage art based on the relationship between media and words, showing an early interest for the female condition. At the beginning of the seventies’ the artist focused on the language of gestures, facing anthropological themes and iconographies, by using different practices and media: photography, videos, performances, books of artists. In 1972 she was invited to the XXXV Biennale of Venice and from that moment on her work gained national and international visibility. In 1978 a retrospective was dedicated to her, again within the Biennale of Venice. Her works are currently in a number of collections of museums and foundations, among which the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Trento and Rovereto (MART), the Museo nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI), the Museo Novecento in Florence and the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan. In the last years her works were included in important exhibits dedicated to the relationship between art and feminism, in particular Wack! Art and Feminist Revolution at the MOCA of Los Angeles (2007) and Donna: avanguardia femminista negli anni ’70 at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome (2010).
The contributions published in the book offer a new and multidisciplinary outlook on her research, showing by way of different perspectives and unpublished documents the artist’s multiple fields of interest and cultural references, from linguistics to semiotics, anthropology, psychology. The volume retraces La Rocca’s work from the point of view of the artistic and cultural context of the sixties’ and seventies’, focusing particularly on her relationship with visual poetry, her special interest for photography, videos and performances, and her connection with the neo-avantgarde movement and the Italian and international feminist debate.
The book, edited by Postmedia books, includes texts by Silvia Bordini, Ada De Pirro, Elena Di Raddo, Francesca Gallo, Raffaella Perna, Lucilla Saccà.
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