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Between Truth and Pretense: the ‘Disturbing’ Muses of Chiara Fumai
On Medea, Mothers and Cruelty
December 8, 4 pm
“Zalumma Agra, Dope Head, Carla Lonzi, Rosa Luxemburg, Ulrike Meinhof, Eusapia Palladino, the dogaressa Elisabetta Querini Valier, Valerie Solanas: these are the faces, personalities, comrades that accompanied Chiara Fumai, alongside the occasional man such as Harry Houdini or Baron Julius Evola.
In a long gallery that would have incorporated Christine de Pizan, French-Venetian XV century writer, with whom she shared a vision of an allegorical city, measured for her noble women: disfortunate, honest about their non-virtuosity. All strong figures, illustrious lives, united in some way by a need, impelling, atavistic, redemptive. “I really like the militant, combative aspect of most of the figures I try to embody”.
Creative, in equal measure, of artistic scams and deep magic; the verisimilitude, above all, to support a peculiar speculative system.
Milovan Farronato (lives and works in Milan and London) is the director and curator of Fiorucci Art Trust, for which he has developed the Volcano Extravaganza festival in Stromboli since 2011. In 2019 he will curate the Italian Pavilion of the 58ª Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte di Venezia.
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea will reflect on the mythological figure of Medea, in relation to cruelty and motherhood.
Curated by Nalini Malani and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
With thanks to Nicoletta Fiorucci for making this program possible