Carla Lonzi (Florence, 1931–Milan, 1982) was an art critic and feminist activist best known for her work with Rivolta Femminile, a feminist collective created in 1970. Throughout the 1960s she was an active art critic and a main voice in the Italian art scene. She occupies a singular position within post–World War II Italian politics and art and is a central figure in Italian feminism. Her work has largely been ignored by traditional art historians until very recently. Her books include: Sputiamo du Hegel [Let’s Spit on Hegel] (1970); Manifesto di Rivolta Femminile (1970); La donna clitoridea e la donna vaginale (1971); Taci anzi parla. Diario di una femminista (1978); Vai pure. Dialogo con Pietro Consagra (1980). Her archive is held at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome.
A Sense of Exclusion: An Excerpt from Carla Lonzi’s “Autoritratto (Self-Portrait)”
Allison Grimaldi Donahue presents an excerpt from her translation of Italian art critic and feminist activist Carla Lonzi’s “Autoritratto.”...