Curated by: Cecilia Canziani, Lara Conte e Paola Ugolini
I say I - I say I is the title of the exhibition that opens on March 23 at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, curated by Cecilia Canziani, Lara Conte and Paola Ugolini. Loosely based on Carla Lonzi, I say I - I say I was born from the need to speak and speak in first person, to affirm one's subjectivity, composing a single multitude, a multiplicity of I that resonates with consonances and dissonances. Conceived as an open investigation into the present, I say I - I say I pulverizes schematic patterns and preordained statutes, tracing a non-linear path: a narrative that sediments stories, looks, imaginations.
A selfie, a self-portrait, an adventure. The exhibition brings together Italian artists of different generations who in different historical and social contexts have narrated their adventure in search of authenticity, restoring their way of living the world through a constellation of visions. Self-representation, the gaze that challenges roles, writing as a practice and self-narration, the body as a measure, limit, boundary, resistance to homologation are just some of the themes around which the exhibition builds a layered path, reversing points of view, creating new visions and narrations. I say I - I say I escapes any retrospective gaze and is in the present; it does not invent new words, but looks deeply into what we have - feminism - by presenting different and singular ways of giving it body. From the Central Hall, the driving and irradiation nucleus, the exhibition branches off along the path of Time is Out of Joint, weaving other stories about its plot. It occupies the rooms and the liminal areas of the museum and connects to the path that, from 23 April, presents the materials of the Carla Lonzi Archive to the public for the first time. Here, the exhibition activates Lonzi's legacy, a crucial figure in Italian art criticism and feminism and invites us to reflect also on the transmission of his radical thought.