Carla Lonzi Florence , March 6, — Milan , August 2, was an Italian art critic and feminist activist, who is best known as the cofounder of Rivolta Femminile Feminine Revolt , an Italian feminist collective formed in Carla Lonzi was born in Florence, Italy, on March 6, to a middle-class family. Her father owned a small industrial company and her mother dedicated her life to the nurture and education of Lonzi and her four siblings. In her early twenties, Lonzi became greatly interested in film and theatre, both as a spectator and creator.
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As Italy celebrates the th anniversary of its unification, the country passes through a rather dark moment in which the political economy and the power of the media seem to be in league against the artistic and intellectual resources of the country while contributing to the degradation of the image of women.
Paolini: Teresa playing the part of Joan of arc in prison, Collezione Anna Paolini Piva, Torino. The reader thus finds her or himself navigating this flux of somewhat disconnected discussions, occasionally interrupted by snapshots— everything devoid of information— which depict the artists and the author in moments of disarming familiarity, as if the conversations actually issued simple dinner among friends, which just happened to be recorded. Consagra in his studio in Via Margutta, Rome, Courtesy Archivio Pietro Consagra.
This in turn signals a profound existential and intellectual transformation of a middle class woman, who persevered toward an increasingly radical critique of culture as theoretical practice separate from life, and who finally fought for her own emancipated status as a woman.
By refusing this position, Lonzi invited artists to take up the position of protagonists and accept full responsibility for this role. Become an artist as well? That which is certain is that it is possible to begin reclaiming possession of the world in order to no longer feel like a foreigner within it.
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What has society made of me? Who am I? Lonzi ceaselessly questions her sense of self, the place society had assigned to her, refusing to conform to social roles and fixed identities. An art critic, a feminist, a poet, a woman, but above all a subject seeking freedom, Carla Lonzi represents a unique figure in the history of Italian feminism.