Francesca Pasini - May 2020

12 April 2020
“La Lettura - Corriera della Sera”: David Reynolds, a Professor of International History at Cambridge, says: "History is one of the most important elements in the formation of identity and it is inevitable that politics will use it for its own purposes and consumption. To understand the other, however, we must become accustomed to thinking in comparative terms, to study how each country remembers its own history and why. Only in this way will we begin to understand where we each come from and why we view the world in a certain way".
I rewrite it like so: "if, in every country, we become accustomed to studying how women remember their history and why", we will truly begin to think in comparative terms. The difference that unites and distinguishes men and women exists in every country, so it improves our capacity to "understand the other" in every National History.
We heard from scientists that the evolution of the species is linked to the mutation of viruses, therefore the difference between men and women, which is not secondary to understanding the disease, could also mark a turning point in the evolution of the species, no longer synthesizable in a single, neutral-masculine subject.

21 April 2020
Daniela Comani writes me: "We are also the result of everything that happened during the course of history", "Can a singular individual be all of these things?"
Which history are we talking about when we talk about us? How does it relate to the history of art, science, politics?

28 April 2020
Congiunti: someone flying in the face of the majority, me. I liked the shrewdness of the lawyer who, from parents and relatives of first, second, third-degree (it goes all the way to sixth), switches to a démodée term, of a slightly legal flavor, but one that broadens the scope. Probably it is an involuntary invention so as not to negate the legal-affective habit and at the same time to show awareness that, nowadays, the parental family is endangered, that "old age is over" and so even grandparents are not always available as babysitters, because they often perform important functions in hospitals. Perhaps I invented this involuntary invention myself. Sometimes something leaks from the eyes of scientists on TV which suggests that their ears are a little sick.

1 May 2020
Otto e mezzo: in the face of the "dissonances" due to the workload of women, the ears of Maurizio Landini, secretary of the CGIL, begin to fall ill. Fair criticisms, but slightly unreal, as though we hadn't seen Fabiola Giannotti and Ilaria Capua together announce the collaboration between CERN and all the research institutes of the world on Covid-19 just a few days ago; as tough we hadn't seen female experts in various fields of science, psychology, law, every day, on all the networks, on all the talk shows. The idea of the inequality of women still seems incontestable. At this point Landini's ears "can't resist". Years ago on television, in order to appear moderate, he had stated that he hadn't read Marx, but now he doesn’t claim to have read the female philosophers of difference, Cigarini, Irigaray, Muraro, Zamboni..., but their dissonances have changed his ears and he says: "it is not a matter of equal rights, those can be updated, but of difference between men and women for which a different way of understanding work and society must be invented”.
Perhaps it is an involuntary invention, but civilizations change.

Francesca Pasini - Art critic