ICA Milano | RADHA MAY. When the Towel Drops, Vol 1 | Italy

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(Elisa Giardina Papa, Nupur Mathur, Bathsheba Okwenje)

When the Towel Drops, Vol 1 | Italy


curated by Claudia D’Alonzo


29 November 2019 – 2 February 2020


In conjunction with the solo exhibition dedicated to Simone Forti, the Italo-American artist, choreographer and dancer, ICA Milano in collaboration with Fondazione Il Lazzaretto, presents in the project room the video-installation When the Towel Drops Vol 1 | Italy by the Radha May collective, composed by Elisa Giardina Papa, Nupur Mathur and Bathseba Okwenje. The installation, curated by Claudia D’Alonzo, investigates the censored representation of women, femininity, and sexuality in Italian post-war cinema. It compiles and reveals hundreds of archival documents and film scenes that were removed from publicly screened cinema in Italy in the 1950s and 1960s. By editing together scenes that were removed from films such as La Notte and Zabriskie Point by Michelangelo Antonioni, or Brink of Life by Ingmar Bergman, When The Towel Drops Vol 1 I Italy traces a history of the institutional regimentation of the female body and desire.


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