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A Conversation on Carla Lonzi’s Self-portrait

Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 12–1 pm, Dia Online

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Wednesday, February 23, 12–1 pm
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Artist Claire Fontaine will join art historians Jaleh Mansoor and Giovanna Zapperi in a conversation moderated by Dia associate curator Matilde Guidelli-Guidi on the work of Italian art critic and feminist theorist Carla Lonzi (1931–1982). The event is organized in conjunction with the first English-language edition of Lonzi’s 1969 experimental book of art criticism, Self-portrait (Autoritratto), translated by Allison Grimaldi Donahue and published by Divided in collaboration with Dia Art Foundation.

Claire Fontaine is a readymade artist founded in Paris in 2004. Her work has been widely shown internationally, including at the Jewish Museum, New York; C.C.A Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Her numerous publications on art and politics include the recent collection, Human Strike and the Art of Creating Freedom (2020), “We Are All Clitoridian Women: Notes on Carla Lonzi’s legacy” (2013), and the afterword to the English edition of Lonzi’s Self-portrait (2022). 

Jaleh Mansoor is an associate professor in the department of art history, visual art, and theory at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her work focuses on twentieth century European Art, Marxism, and Marxist feminism. Author of Marshall Plan Modernism: Italian Postwar Abstraction and the Beginnings of Autonomia (2016), Mansoor is currently working on a book titled Universal Prostitution: A Counter History of Abstraction Crossing Modernism, 1888–2008 (in contract).

Giovanna Zapperi is a professor of contemporary art history at the University of Geneva. Her research centers on gender, visual culture, and art criticism in the twentieth century, with a focus on Italian art and writing by women. She has published extensively on Carla Lonzi in Italian, French, and English, including prefacing and editing the French edition of Self-portrait (2012) and co-editing, with Francesco Ventrella, the anthology Feminism and Art in Postwar Italy: The Legacy of Carla Lonzi (2022).


Carla Lonzi: Self-portrait

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