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From the Volcano to the Sea: Part II

The Feminist Group Le Nemesiache in 1970s and 1980s Naples

30 September – 2 December 2022
Preview: Thursday 29 September, 6 - 8.30pm

Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 5pm
(or by appointment)

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Film Screening: Sunday 27 November, 2-4pm

LUX, Waterlow Park Centre,
Dartmouth Park Hill, London, N19 5JF

For details and booking go to: https://lux.org.uk/event/screening-le-nemesiache-from-the-volcano-to-the-sea/

The Sibyls, film still

Lina Mangiacapre dir., The Sibyls (1977, 25 min), produced by Le Tre Ghinee Cooperative / Le Nemesiache

Join us on Sunday 27 November, 2-4pm at LUX in Waterlow Park for a special screening event of films made by the feminist group, Le Nemesiache, (1970s-1990s) based in Naples, Italy, whose work is explored in the current exhibition From the Volcano to the Sea: Part II at Chelsea Space.

Le Nemesiache (followers of Nemesis, Greek goddess of revenge against arrogance) was founded by artist and philosopher Lina Mangiacapre, who returned to Naples from Rome in 1969, to pursue forms of collective living and making in the city. Together, the group created films, performances, poetry events, music, photographs, collages, books and artistic and political pamphlets. Le Nemesiache experimented with creativity and the arts as a route towards liberation and fulfillment within their daily lives, and to oppose the exploitation of the landscape surrounding the city.

The screening will include newly translated films, The Sibyls (1977, 26 min), The Sea Called Upon Us (1978, 18 min), and Cinderella (1977, 30 min). Introduced by the curator, Giulia Damiani.

From the Volcano to the Sea: The Feminist Group Le Nemesiache in 1970s and 1980s Naples, is curated by Giulia Damiani and produced in collaboration with the Mangiacapra Archive and members of Le Nemesiache. The items on show are from the Mangiacapra Archive. The exhibition shares the title with a show curated by Giulia Damiani in collaboration with the organization If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution in Amsterdam, held between 2020 and 2021 at the art space Rongwrong.

Exhibition continues at Chelsea Space until Friday 2 December.
Open Weds-Fri, 11am-5pm (or by appointment): www.chelseaspace.org

Le Nemesiache were/are: Lina Mangiacapre (NEMESI), Teresa Mangiacapra (NIOBE), Silvana Campese (MEDEA), Fausta Base, Conni Capobianco (NAUSICAA), Maria Matteucci (MAREA), Bruna Felletti (KARMA), Claudia Aglione (Elena), Aracne, Aretusa, Astrea, Camilla, Cassandra, Coca-Dafne, Elsa/Circe, Eco, Ilizia, Ippolita, Karma, Tike, Adele, Angela, Angela Rosa, Anna, Anna N., Antonella, Carmen, Caroline, Chantal, Cicci, Cinzia, Caterina, Catherine, Consuelo, Cosima, Despina, Dina, Dolores, Elisabeth, Elisabetta, Elsa M., Esther, Gianni, Giuliana, Giuditta, Gloria, Isabel, Laura, Lilly, Lucia, Lucia M., Luisita, Lydia, Maria, Marie Laurence, Matilde, Monica, Nadia, Nazarena, Rita, Rosalba, Rosella, Rossana, Rossella, Sabine, Tonia, Vittoria.

Giulia Damiani is a writer, curator, dramaturg and performer working in London and Amsterdam. In 2021 she completed her PhD in the Art Department at Goldsmiths, University of London (2021, AHRC scholarship), writing about Le Nemesiache from Naples and making and interpreting new performances inspired by the feminist group’s ritual investment in their geomorphic, mythological and urban landscape; in July 2022 she presented Search Morph Translate: Say Body and Rock at Centrale Fies, Italy.. An article from her research was published in the ICI Berlin volume Over and Again: Re-enactment Strategies in Contemporary Arts and Theory in 2022. She was a fellow and collaborator for the Ritual and Display edition at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, Amsterdam (2019–21), and she edited the Reader for the edition entitled Ritual and Display, published in 2022. She has been teaching art theory, performative writing and curating at institutions including Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam University of Amsterdam and Goldsmiths. Her collaborations with artists bring together practices of myth-making, magic, landscape, evocation, invocation and speculations in language in written and oral forms.