Through a largely collaborative practice, Angelica Bollettinari’s work spans curatorial, educational and artistic projects, which often have a socially engaged and participatory aspect. Since 2017 she has co-run resina, a platform for research based between London and Ferrara. resina’s work is invested in developing feminist, environmentally sustainable and non-human-centric practices through slow-paced alternative education experiments and residencies.



Marcella Campagnano, L’invenzione del femminile. Ruoli, (1974 - 1980), Detail. Silver gelatin prints. 21,7 x 145 cm each. Courtesy Archivio Marcella Campagnano.
This research explores the intersections between art and feminism in Italy during the 1970s and 1980s, gathering materials from minor archives such as the various Women’s libraries that, since the 70s, have conserved materials outside of the main circuits, but also collecting oral stories, anecdotes and memories, a most valuable resource.

In particular, it explores the work of artist Marcella Campagnano. Considering as main focus her 1974 photographic series The Invention of The Feminine: Roles, it discusses Campagnano’s involvement with the Milan feminist scene of the 1970s, and specifically with the Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective and the theories and practices emerged from it, from consciousness-raising to the socio-symbolic pracice of ‘affidamento’. The research also thinks about how past feminism can resonate today, exploring practices of re-enactment which stage productive intergenerational dialogues and bring together different moments in history - such as for example a project of re-enactment of Campagnano’s photographs developed by a group of students of the University La Sapienza in Rome in 2015.

The theoretical framework for this research on the political impact of storytelling in feminism is the philosophy of Italian feminist Adriana Cavarero. Grounded in two main reference points - the thought of Hannah Arendt and Italian feminism of sexual difference - Cavarero elaborates a fascinating “philosophy of narration”, where subjectivity is described as relational, grounded in experiences and located in practice and spaces of co-appearance with others. (Cavarero, Relating Narratives, 2000).

So far this research took the form and shape of:

- An MA Dissertation titled “Relating Naratives in Art: The Political Impact of Storytelling as a Feminist Practice, yesterday and today” (MA Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths University, London.)

- A collaboration with Margherita Elliot titled Lavanda: A Useless growth Prefixed to the Play where the scritp and story is largely inspored by Cavarero and Campagnano.

- An ongoing conversation and friendship with Marcella Campagnano and various interviews which took place across the years during various visits to the artist.

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