A Commentary on Carla Lonzi’s »Vai pure«


The research investigates the writings of the Italian art historian, poet and feminist Carla Lonzi. I am particularly interested in »Vai pure« (Scritti di Rivolta Femminile, Milan 1980), a conversation between Lonzi and her partner, artist Pietro Consagra. My commentary consists of dialogues that are composed from transcriptions of recorded reading sessions with several collaborators. In the course of a decelerated and non-linear process of reading, translating into English and commenting on »Vai pure«, a new layer of conversation unfolds in relation to the couple’s exchange. The participants react on particular words, the historical context of Lonzi’s writing as well as on their own understanding of art, productivity, recognition and feminism today. The edited script is the basis for performances and readings.

Conversations with: Federica Bueti, Paolo Caffoni, Adriana Casalegno, Christina Chalmers, Luisa Lorenza Corna, Raphaël Cuomo, Allison Grimaldi Donahue, Chiara Figone, Maria Iorio, Ariane Müller, Alex Martinis Roe, Traudel Sattler, Stephanie Weber, Giovanna Zapperi and others.

The text is planned to be published with b_books/Archive Books Berlin, forthcoming, Design with Till Gathmann

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Text and postcard in: c0da.org, A publishing platform and research project dealing with feminist modes of coding and writing by Katrin Mayer (accessable from 8 November 2022)

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Text in: The Poetry of Translation. Kunst Meran Merano Arte 2022

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A Commentary on „Vai pure“ by Carla Lonzi
Performance (with Lisa Jeschke) at Lenbachhaus München as part of the exhibition Radio-Acitivity. Collective Approaches in Art and Politics, 2020

On „Vai Pure“ by Carla Lonzi. Reading Session 1+2, Edit 2.
Text in: Klassensprachen, Magazin, Ausgabe 0, Berlin 2017

Über die Arbeitsweise. Text und Bild >>>
in: Wifi muss sterben, 2018

Postcard I: Reading Session 3, Edit 1. In response to: Politik der Freundschaft, exhibition, KV Leipzig 2017

Postcard II: Reading Session 8, Edit 1. In response to: Ein Pfund Orangen von Marieluise Fleisser, exhibition, Kunstverein Ingolstadt 2019

Postcard III: Reading Session 18, Edit 1. In response to: Radio-Acitivity. Collective Approaches in Art and Politics, Lenbachhaus München 2020

Postcard IV: Reading Session 15, Edit 2. For the online programme of Radio-Acitivity. Collective Approaches in Art and Politics, Lenbachhaus München 2020