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Giulia Damiani

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Napoli in the Unmapped Practice of Le Nemesiache: A Feminist Gazetteer

 

Napoli in the Unmapped Practice of Le Nemesiache: A Feminist Gazetteer gives voice to the untold story of a feminist collective that operated in the 70s and 80s in Napoli, Le Nemesiache, unveiling its relevance for today. The vigour, contradictions, personality and very soul of the city shaped the group’s activity and determined the character of their political and artistic practice. Napoli was the setting of Le Nemesiache’s films and the stage for their performances. It is the subject of their paintings and the background of their visual work. The city is described and lives through the feminists’ writing, being the chief character of their poems, political texts and novels.

My final project gathers together essays, transcriptions from films and performances as well as extracts from original and unpublished texts, tracing the history of this forgotten feminist phenomenon through the streets and venues where it emerged and acted. Also, it makes use of the words and narrations of some the members whom I interviewed during my stay in Napoli in September 2013. Le Nemesiache’s methods, the enactments of their ideas, as well as their unique ways of interacting with and embracing their environment represent an exceptional case. Their multiform approach to society and their interventions in Napoli were distinct from any other feminist activity in Italy, then as now. However, at present their work is almost totally disregarded.

Napoli in the Unmapped Practice of Le Nemesiache explores the mythological territory of the group through a number of Neapolitan locations. The different sections of this project are arranged like entries of a geographical dictionary: houses, natural elements, public spaces and collapsing buildings of  Napoli open up to discussions on the feminists’ practice. Throughout the narrative of the text, the performances by Le Nemesiache, their films, their political pamphlets and theoretical articles emerge as being the receptacles of the history of a city over a certain period of time.

 

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  • Giulia Damiani
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Critical Writing in Art & Design, 2014

  • Culture and the world of the arts are the stimuli to which my critical voice responds. In the last two years I have been entwining my interest in words with the practice of several artists and performers, reflecting on their use of written texts and the impact of these on spectators. This is the subject of my long essay, 'Words Beyond Performances: From Collective Actions to Soviet Culture', a piece that reveals how Collective Actions’ unexplored documentary material nourished the collapse of Soviet society. My writing sets out to combine critical analysis and different forms of art, often shedding light on the works by less-known figures. My introduction to Toni del Renzio’s essay, 'Shoes hair and coffee' , published in the anthology of articles, ARK: Words and Images from the Royal College of Art Magazine 1950-1978, offers a revaluation of this forgotten and yet valuable theorist and artist. In investigating the peripheries of the art scene, the style of my texts ranges from lyrical compositions, to analytical observations and theoretical remarks. 'La Passerella: Ways of Accessing the Sea', published in the collection of essays, As is the Sea, illustrates the heterogeneous potentialities sought by my practice. In this piece, the analysis of an Italian object and word, ‘la passerella’, allows the collection of emotions and thoughts; a flow of unexpected associations shifts the attention from cultural considerations to art criticism.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Foreign Languages and Cultures, University of Urbino, Italy, 2011
  • Experience

  • Editorial board, ARK: Words and Images from the Royal College of Art Magazine 1950–1978, Royal College of Art, 2014; Writer, Krapp's Last Post, London, 2014; Writer and theatre assistant, Plautus Festival, Sarsina, Italy, 2013; Writer, Art Selector, London, 2013 ; Writer, translator and theatre assistant, Motus theatre group, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • Text for the exhibition, RCA Secret, Stewarts Law, London, 2013
  • Publications

  • 'An Alternative Glossary of Exchange', Ends Meet: Essays on Exchange, Royal College of Art,2014; 'Shoes, hair and coffee by Toni del Renzio: Introduced by Giulia Damiani', ARK: Words and Images from the Royal College of Art Magazine 1950–1978, Royal College of Art, 2014; 'La Passerella: Ways of Accessing the Sea', As is the Sea, Royal College of Art, 2014