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Ketty La Rocca

Galleria Carini

Ketty La Rocca, who died prematurely in 1977, was one of the most distinctive Italian artists of the ’70s. The interdisciplinary nature of her work places her amid events, typical of the decade, that oscillated between visual poetry, installation, and performance. The pieces selected for this retrospective showed the broad scope of her work. La Rocca first appeared on the art scene in the mid ’60s with collages made from newspaper images and words. Freely put together, the combinations resulted in fresh viewpoints that work ironically to undermine the tranquilizing messages of advertising. Here socio-political reality (for example, the exploitation of the woman’s body, the threat of war, and the political and ecclesiastical manipulation of consciences) emerges as the hidden, repressed part of mass-media discourse.

Language is made autonomous from its relationship of reciprocal dependency

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