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Chiara Fumai

The performative practice of Italian artist Chiara Fumai (Rome, Italy, 1978) belongs to the tradition of female psychics, who are ‘spoken by’ different controversial entities, which the artist freely (mis)interprets and combines into new stories, questioning their symbolic meaning and representation in the mind of the viewer. Dealing with radical feminism, media culture, language and repression, her starting point is performance, later transformed into installations, videos, collages and performative displays. In the framework of this project at MUSAC the artist will present two performances. Chiara Fumai Reads Valerie Solanas is based on the 1994 performance by Berlusconi presenting his first political campaign for a new order. It is an important statement for the artist, in terms of content (which is of course self-ironical but also philosophical at the same time), but she considers it important especially in terms of medium, because she has used the screen as a weapon: Berlusconi’s information/theatrical strategy. The work started as a powerpoint presentation at dOCUMENTA13, then in its material representation the powerpoint became a wall and Fumai became one of its slides. This is the installation the artist will set up in the exhibition space. The second performance, I Did Not Say or Mean ‘Warning’, originally made for the Querini Stampalia museum in Venice shows Fumai doing guided tours inside the Renaissance collection. She hid in the piece the anonymous message of an ultra-violent and armed feminist from the 1970s (real message, not just literature as Solanas) that sounds like a kamikaze declaration and used LIS language (hand spelling) to express its more violent parts.

Chiara Fumai’s Gallery

Chiara Fumai’s Video

Chiara Fumai’s Video

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