The blood of women. Traces of red on white cloth
curated by Manuela De Leonardis
with the support of Fondazione Pasquale Battista
Translation: Edvige Nanni
Book design: Franco Cenci/Studio Idea
Coordination: Dino Lorusso, Ninni Castrovilli
Date of publishing January 2019
167x237mm | pages 192
The Fondazione Pasquale Battista is pleased to announce the publication of the book The blood of women. Traces of red on white cloth within the artistic project created and curated by Manuela De Leonardis.
It involves sixty-eight international artists working with a menstrual cloth. The physical and conceptual link between these women and their menstrual cloths is extremely close. In their own language and with this awareness each artist has addressed different aspects of femininity: birth, puberty, maternity, reproductive choices, menopause, sexuality violence and feminicide, considering that some of them are still taboo both in western and global society.
In the hands of Ilaria Abbiento, Manal AlDowayan, Adele Angelone, Elizabeth Aro, Wafa Bahai, Alessandra Baldoni, Carolle Bénitah, Takoua Ben Mohamed, Saša Bezjak, Tomaso Binga, Rita Boini, Rosina Byrne, Giovanna Caimmi, Primarosa Cesarini Sforza, Rupa Chordia-Samdaria, Sara Ciuffetta, Lea Contestabile, Karmen Corak, Mila Dau, Vlasta Delimar, Kristien De Neve, Maria Diana, Isabella Ducrot, Nilüfer Ergin, Cristiana Fasano, Maimuna Feroze-Nana, Simona Filippini, Emita Frigato, Pilar, Barbara e Stella Marina Gallas, Silvia Giambrone, Felicity Griffin Clark, Maïmouna Guerresi, Susan Harbage Page, Sasha Huber, Susan Kammerer, Fariba Karimi, Eglė Kuckaitė, Hanako Kumazawa, Silvia Levenson, Wenwen (Vivienne) Liu, Lôw (Estabrak Al Ansari, Raiya Al Rawahi, Tara Al Dughaither), Barbara Luisi, Anja Luithle, Victoria Manganiello, Florencia Martinez, Patrizia Molinari, Elly Nagaoka, Ana Maria Negară, Yasuko Oki, Novella Oliana, Sonya Orfalian, Lina Pallotta, Sara Palmieri, Chiara Pellegrin, Sofia Rocchetti, Elisa Roggio, Anna Romanello, Paola Romoli Venturi, Virginia Ryan, Cinzia Sarto, Ivana Spinelli, Silvia Stucky, Ketty Tagliatti, Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Laura VdB Facchini, Maria Angeles Vila, Nicole Voltan, Ruchika Wason Singh, and Deborah Willis the cloth has become a strong witness for reflections which go beyond gender issues.
These works talk about intimate and personal events, evoking memories resurfacing from oblivion and finding a new place in the present. Anonymous stories, known stories, ordinary stories are all first-person narratives, metabolized and elaborated through metaphor, irony, poetry, literary and pictorial citations.
Accompanying the curator’s critical contribution, the volume, in Italian and English, includesCiclo (1974) by Mirella Bentivoglio, critical texts by Annalisa Zito (Fondazione Pasquale Battista), Rossella Alessandrucci (Gallerist), Federica Formato (Gender Language Researcher), Alberto Massarelli (Psychoanalyst), Arianna Di Genova (Art Historian), Stefano Barchiesi (Gynecology and Obstetrics consultant), Maria Cristina Gasperini (Ethnologist and Expert in Japanese language and literature), Rita Boini (Journalist), Niki D’Attoma (writer), works by sixty eight artists with their texts, a critical contribution by Jerica Ziherl (Vasta Delimar’s work), Denis Volk (Sasa Bezjak’s work), a poem by Valerie Fermariello (Fariba Karimi’s work), and the front-cover with Per una espressione nuova by Suzanne Santoropublished in 1972.
The project The blood of women was presented in 2015 (with the co-curatorship of Rossella Alessandrucci and the organization of LaStellina ArteContemporanea) at the International Women's Home in Rome; in 2016 at the Teatro Stabile Comunale of Isola del Liri (Frosinone); in 2017 at the Center for Contemporary Art La Rocca Umbertide (Perugia), at the Galerija Forum in Zagreb and Galeria Rigo in Novigrad-Cittanova (Croatia) and at the Monastery of S. Benedetto di Conversano (Bari) as part of the project La Città delle Donne curated by Rocco De Benedictis; in 2018 at Palazzo Fibbioni L'Aquila and at the Department of Radiotherapy Oncology - Clinical Hospital SS. Annunziata of Chieti.
The cover image of the book is a detail of the work of Isabella Ducrot, Il sangue è rosso, 2016, diaper, acrylic 50x47 cm.
The blood of women. Traces of red on white cloth will be available from January 2019.
Soon, all the informations, the calendar of events and the news of the project will be published.
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