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March 1st - May 23rd 2021

'Io Dico Io - I Say I'

Curated by Cecilia Canziani, Lara Conte and Paola Ugolini at La Galleria Nazionale, Rome. 

Install photos by Monkeys VideoLab courtesy of La Galleria Nazionale.


Detail of 'The Self Portrait/L'autoritratto' installed within the Carla Lonzi archive section of 'Io Dico Io - I Say I'. Photo by Monkeys VideoLab courtesy of La Galleria Nazionale, 2021.

Install shots from the Carla Lonzi Archive within 'Io Dico Io - I Say I'. Photo by Monkeys VideoLab courtesy of La Galleria Nazionale, 2021.

"On 12 June the three winners of the Taci. Anzi, Parla open call were rewarded by Cristiana Collu, Director of the National Gallery, with a video conference ceremony. In addition to the winning artists, Luisella Mazza, Head Of Global Programs & Operations of Google Arts & Culture, and the curators of the exhibition 'Io Dico Io - I say I' Lara Conte, Cecilia Canziani and Paola Ugolini participated in the event.


Allison Grimaldi-Donahue "A Self-portrait" 1'43"

Laura Heyman, "The Photographer's Wife" 2'05"

Léna Lewis-King, "The Self-Portrait", 1'33"


The videos are become an integral part of 'Io dico io - I sav I', the large collective exhibition of over 40 artists scheduled for March 2021 in the Central Hall and will be presented as part Of the digital project on the Lonzi Archive developed in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture."

From La Galleria Nazionale's website: "Io dico Io – I say I is the title of the show, curated by Cecilia Canziani, Lara Conte and Paola Ugolini, that will open at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea on the 1st of March. Loosely based on Carla Lonzi’s texts, Io dico Io – I say I originates from a necessity to take the floor and speak for oneself in order to assert one’s subjectivity, by creating a single multitude, a multiplicity of I that resonates with consonances and dissonances.

Io dico Io – I say I, conceived as an open inquiry on the present, pulverizes schematisms and preordained statutes and traces a non-linear route: a narration that settles stories, gazes, imagery. A selfie, a self-portrait, an adventure.

The show puts together Italian female artists of different generations, who, in different historical and social contexts, have told their own adventure of authenticity and have expressed their own way of inhabiting the world through a constellation of visions.

Self-representation, a gaze that challenges existing roles, writing as a practice and self- narration, body as a measure, a limit and a trespass, resisting homologation — these are just a few of the themes around which the show is layered, overturning points of view and creating new visions and narratives.

Io dico Io – I say I evades any retrospective vision and is situated in the present; it does not invent new words, but instead looks deep into the word we already have, “feminism”. Through various and singular ways, the show gives substance to that notion.

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Artists: Carla Accardi, Pippa Bacca, Vanessa Beecroft, Elisabetta Benassi, Rossella Biscotti, Irma Blank, Renata Boero, Monica Bonvicini, Benni Bosetto, Chiara Camoni, Ludovica Carbotta, Lisetta Carmi, Monica Carocci, Gea Casolaro, Adelaide Cioni, Daniela Comani, Daniela De Lorenzo, Maria Adele Del Vecchio, Federica Di Carlo, Rä di Martino, Isabella Ducrot, Bruna Esposito, Cleo Fariselli, Giosetta Fioroni, Jacky Fleming, Linda Fregni Nagler, Silvia Giambrone, Laura Grisi, Ketty La Rocca, Beatrice Meoni, Marisa Merz, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Camilla Micheli, Marzia Migliora, Elisa Montessori, Maria Morganti, Liliana Moro, Alek O., Marinella Pirelli, Paola Pivi, Antonietta Raphaël, Anna Raimondo, Carol Rama, Marta Roberti, Suzanne Santoro, Marinella Senatore, Ivana Spinelli, Alessandra Spranzi, Grazia Toderi, Tatiana Trouvé, Francesca Woodman."

Images top to bottom: La Galleria Nazionale photo by Giorgio Benni

Two Install shots by Alessandro Garofalo

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