SHUT UP. OR RATHER, SPEAK
Autoritratto (Self-portrait) is a book written by Carla Lonzi and published for the first time in 1969. A sort of montage of transcribed interviews with a series of artists, which took place between 1965 and 1969, the book originates from Carla Lonzi’s intention to distinguish between artistic creativity and the controlled and mediated activity of art criticism and to bring out a form of self-expression and self-narration that would be immediate, spontaneous and genuine.
Autoritratto gives space to the authentic voices of the artists who tell their stories, however, it is also a self- portrait of Carla Lonzi who during the years in question decides to distance herself from art criticism as a field in order to explore a subjective dimension, radically different from the position of objectivity a critic assumes. “I am no longer an outsider” – is how she defines her relationship with creativity in the book’s forward. In that sense, self-portraiture becomes a political gesture of taking the floor, of being in control of your own story.
At a time when our lives take place exclusively within an intimate domestic space, self-representation has once again become a fundamental means for communicating with the rest of the world. Recently the digital spaces we inhabit have been flooded with live broadcasts, interviews, testimonials, diaries and tutorials. In one way or another, self-representation has become an inherent part of various fields, including the artistic and cultural sectors.
One of the essential characteristics of Carla Lonzi’s Autoritratto is the strong connection each protagonist has with the present, with contemporaneity. It is that connection that makes it possible for the ideas, visions and opinions to develop in the interviews, for the subjects to express themselves, through words, figures of speech and images that are part of this choral narration.
In the world we live in, with the problems we are currently facing, how can we make voices be heard? Would it be possible to recreate the same freedom and immediacy of self-expression that define the voices in the interviews of Autoritratto?
The call Shut up. Or rather, speak is an invitation to reflect on one’s voice, image, (hi)story and to self-narrate, beginning with one’s own experiences, in connection with the historic moment we are currently going through.
How to partecipate? By sending a (video) selfie. Practical information
The materials have to be sent before 11:59 PM on April 30, 2020.
Category Visual Arts
Team Galleria Nazionale