Ketty La Rocca

Galleria Emi Fontana

There is a lot of work in this show, although La Rocca was only thirty-seven when she died in 1976. While her career was not long—the first mature works are from 1964—she was prolific and had full command over the territory she chose to investigate, a territory that had little to do with the artistic categories in which her work was placed at the time. Her tool was words, and this is apparent everywhere in her work, both when she uses them directly, constructing ironic collages by cutting out words and images from magazines and newspapers, and when she repeats them obsessively, using film posters to create calligrams in which the figures have been outlined with words. Language is also essential to her sole, extraordinary video, Appendice per una supplica (Appendage for a Plea, 1972). The field is taken up by a pair of hands—the artist’s—that “speak” through their gestures, asking and

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