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Through the female gaze: Marcella Campagnano and Liliana Barchiesi
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Through the female gaze: Marcella Campagnano and Liliana Barchiesi

Categories: Culture and creativity -Visual Arts -Cinema and Audio-visual
Two documentaries showing the activist and political use of photography as a tool for exploring the differences of gender.
© Marcella Campagnano, The Invention of the Feminine. Roles, (1974-1980)
Marcella Campagnano, The Invention of the Feminine. Roles, (1974-1980)

Photography as a means of constructing relationships, exchange of ideas and new strategies of female expression is the main focus of the event taking place on 21st April at the Italian Cultural Institute of Edinburgh.

The Cultural Institute will screen two documentaries:

  • The Invention of the Feminine Roles (2020) | Directed by Giulio Bernardi

Marcella Campagnano gave a rare interview in 2020 about her unique photographic work in the ’70ies, with her fellow feminist friends, questioning the roles of the woman in a male-ruled society. ‘The Ruoli‘ project dates from a period of participation in the Milan feminist group of Via Cherubini, and was developed through the spontaneous participation of friends and comrades in posing for portraits. She explores the relationship between image, representation and the construction of subjectivity in a visual vocabulary in which each woman portrayed in her everyday life, photo after photo, acts out her possible identities with irony.

  • Storia di donne – Immagini 1974/1979 (2008) | Directed by Liliana Barchiesi

Liliana Barchiesi has been an independent photojournalist since the early 70s. A pioneer of Italian Feminist art and its movement, Barchiesi gave a glimpse into the everyday lives of these women, inspiring further important discussions on the disparities within patriarchal society. The documentary is a flashback, an opportunity to revisit the events, to the way of being and ‘feeling’, to battles: a little angry, but more often joyful.

Professor Perry Willson of the University of Dundee will give an introduction, the screeing will be followed by a Q&A with Liliana Barchiesi who will be participating online.

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