Doing Deculturalization 

Curated by Ilse Lafer, guest curator

Doing Deculturalization is inspired by the writings of the Italian art historian and critic Carla Lonzi (1931–1982). In particular, it focuses on using her concept of deculturalization, a way of (culturally) decoding life, labor and language, as a prerequisite for an antiregulatory and decolonial vision of gender and migration. The processes of withdrawal and alienation connected to this concept are highlighted both in reference to their historical feminist context and in possible ways of applying them to the present. So, the project is basically asking, to what extent can “deculturalization” processes liberate forms of empowerment and resistance. In other words, how can they develop a critique of the colonializing power structures? Against the backdrop of this question, the exhibition creates a speculative scenario, a topography of associations between archive material from feminist movements and contemporary and historic artistic positions with a particular focus on material from the Archivio di Nuova Scrittura  in the Museion Collection.

Artists featured in the exhibition: Carla Accardi, Zehra Arslan, Marion Baruch, Claire Fontaine, Moyra Davey, Bracha Ettinger, Chiara Fumai, Nadira Husain, Sonia Khurana, Beatrice Marchi, Marisa Merz, Margherita Morgantin, Ariane Müller, Raffaella Naldi Rossano, Rosa Panaro, Gina Pane, Marinella Pirelli, Ketty La Rocca, Carol Rama, Cloti Ricciardi, Suzanne Santoro, Berty Skuber, Katarina Zdjelar et al.

Archives: Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Roma, Archivio Carla Lonzi; Mart, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Archivio di Nuova Scrittura, Collezione Paolo Della Grazia e Donazione Mirella Bentivoglio; Museion Bolzano/Bozen, Archivio di Nuova Scrittura, Collezione Paolo Della Grazia; Archivia Roma, Fondo Suzanne Santoro

In collaboration with Sabeth Buchmann, Frida Carazzato, Francesca Lacatena


Sonia Khurana, Logic of Birds. Courtesy of the artist