Federica Bueti

PhD Work

Naked Selves: Feminist Strategies of Writing in the First Person

My research project focuses on feminist strategies of writing in first person, in particular ways in which the form of the personal essay, the diary and of the personal note have been used by women writers and artists to challenge the confessional and other biographical forms of writing that centre around the person of the writer, and to explore and experiment with forms of impersonal and bodily writing – what I describe as 'naked writing.' Departing from the strategies of depersonalisation and self-objectivification theoreised and enacted by writer Hélène Cixous and italian feminist writer Carla Lonzi, the research discusses the writing of artist Frances Stark, Moyra Davey and Anne Boyer as three examples of writers who continue this feminist tradition.


  • PhD


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Writing, 2014–

  • Federica Bueti is a writer and editor based in Berlin. She is the editor of ...ment, Journal for Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics (www.journalment.org). Her writing on art and cultural theory has appeared in magazines such as frieze, BOMB, Ibraaz, Makhzin, Flash Art, Carla, X-TRA and a.o., and she regularly contributes to critical anthologies and artist monographs. Her current research focuses on feminism and the economies and politics of personal writing. She is part of the curatorial team at SAVVY Contemporary, where she co-curates the series Speaking Feminisms dedicated to an exploration of current feminist practices and alliances. In 2013, she organised the spoken words series Rhythms, Voices and Ties at Archive Kabinett, Berlin. She lectures widely, including 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. She is currently completing her PhD in Critical Writing in Art at the Royal College of Art, London.

  • 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.