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Federica Bueti

PhD Work

Poetics of Negation: The uses of the Personal in the Writings of Moyra Davey, Frances Stark and Anne Boyer.

In this research project, I set up a dialogue between the feminist positions of Hélène Cixous and Carla Lonzi and the contemporary writings of Frances Stark, Moyra Davey, and Anne Boyer. I focus on how, in their works, these writers have experimented with and reflected on the possibilities of making a disruptive use of the personal to challenge hegemonic narratives of the self. In comparing their practices I give an overview over the concepts and literary tools these writers from two generations have created for saying “no” to the suppression of female voices, the commodification of experience, and the exploitation of subjectivities in line with capitalist ideas of competitive self-realization and consumerist self-branding, “uniqueness”, and “originality”. My aim is to shed new light on the vital role the conceptual approaches of écriture féminine and scrittura autocoscienziale Cixous and Lonzi developed in the 1970s still play for understanding and inspiring contemporary practices as those of Moyra Davey, Frances Stark, and Anne Boyer. This thesis therefore contributes to the construction a feminist genealogy of writing in the key of negation; it seeks to foster meaningful relations between different generations as a way of participating in the making of feminist histories and futures.


  • PhD


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Writing, 2014–

  • Federica Bueti is a writer, art critic, and editor based in Berlin. She is the editor of ...ment, Journal for Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics ( and Head of Publication at SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin.  Her writing on art and cultural theory has appeared in magazines such as frieze, Spike magazine, Ocula, BOMB, Ibraaz, X-TRA  a.o., and she regularly contributes to critical anthologies and artist monographs. Her current research focuses on gender, desire and the economies of writing.  She co-curated the series 'Speaking Feminisms' (2017), and is currently co-curator of 'We Who Are Not the Same' (2018-19), a year-long research and exhibition project dedicated to the exploration of feminist practices and methodologies ( hosted by SAVVY Contemporary. In 2013, she organised the spoken words series 'Rhythms, Voices and Ties' at Archive Kabinett, Berlin. She teaches and lectures widely including at Tate Liverpool, UK; HKW, Berlin, Germany; Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Akademie der Künste Der Welt, Cologne, Germany; Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen, Norway; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany.

  • Degrees

  • BA Cultural Studies, University of Milan, 2005; MA Curating Contemporary Art, Brera Academy of Art, Milan, 2007
  • Experience

  • Performance-lectures and video collaborations have been included in exhibitions such as A Needle Walks into a Haystack, Liverpool Biennale; 8th Berlin Biennale, Berlin.; Readings and lectures have been held widely including at Witte de With, Rotterdam; Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam; Triple Canopy, New York; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; International Academy of Art Palestine, Ramallah
  • Publications

  • Writing has appeared in numerous magazines included frieze, X-TRA journal, art-agenda, CARLA, Flash Art, Performa magazine, Arte e Critica, among others.