Sealed Pots and Fake Colanders: The Art and Architecture of a 1970s Marxist-Feminist Art Group

A Seminar with Jacopo Galimberti (University of Bologna)

Join us on Wednesday, Jan 27, at 6 PM London time on Zoom for an event organized by the PhD Programme of the Architectural Association.

Recent years have seen a surge of interest in the Wages for Housework Campaign, a feminist movement active during the 1970s and 1980s whose political framework was indebted to the strand of Italian Marxism called operaismo. My paper focuses on Gruppo Immagine, a group of feminist artists and architects who embraced the ideas and struggles of the Campaign, establishing a sustained dialogue with theoreticians such as Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Leopoldina Fortunati. In particular, I will concentrate on Gruppo Immagine’s most political artworks and its meditations around architecture.

Jacopo Galimberti is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bologna. His articles have appeared in journals such as Art HistoryThe Art BulletinThe Oxford Art Journal and Grey Room. He is the author of Individuals against Individualism. Western European Art Collectives (1956-1969), Liverpool University Press, and of two forthcoming books published by Verso, Images of Class: Operaismo, Autonomia and the Visual Arts (1962-1988) and (with Steve Wright), The Year of Living Dangerously. Italy’s Movement of ’77.

Image: Detail from Mariagrazia Sironi, Miletus, mixed materials, 1978.

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