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GIOVEDI' 5                               

Pratiche femministe: libertà nell'essere donna

h 15:30-16:00. Video, *MAKITA SHOOTING - BEST OF*

THURSDAY 5                        

Feminist Practicies: freedom in being a woman

h 3:30pm-4:00. Video, *MAKITA SHOOTING - BEST OF*

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Angela Marzullo (Zurigo 1971, vive a Ginevra), nickname MAKITA, è artista, videasta e performer italo-svizzera, Femminista militante, ha lasciato già da molto tempo il suo studio, per un’arte che occupa gli spazi pubblici. I suoi temi di ricerca artistica, sono: la maternità e l’educazione (dal 1995 le sue figlie sono le protagoniste dei suoi film nei quali si esplora il rapporto madre ed educazione), l’intimità (nel 2004 fa pipì in pubblico durante una performance davanti la sede dell’ONU à Ginevra), il femminicidio (dal 2013 spara a colori con un’arma professionale su delle bambole gonfiabili per ricordare la violenza contro le donne).

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Upstairs were a half dozen blow-up dollies mangled into strange shapes, each one having shrunk in pointless collective liposuction into her own meaningful pile. Whores, perhaps, heaps of whores. Of course in the other window, the one that opened up onto the street, Angela herself (doilied and sex-toyed, untoyable with, though) was what I had first seen. 

So downstairs there was a paint gun with a peep-hole to look at the plastic carnage. Filming with the same gun all go-proed up, every evening Angela had shot to death her blow-up dollies. Blown them away, pooh! pooh! pooh! 

flowering pink and flaming orange,
hello kitty! good-bye barbie! and heaps of whores on the floor. But between the time they took a shot of paint-ball
bullet on their tender plastic skin and the moment their virtual lungs expended a last breath, they danced. Not smooth and silky, like ballerinas, not stark and sultry like flamenco dancers, not salacious and sexy like teen-porn- singers, but danced like bodies
dying in slow motion, the gunner thinking “dance, dance, dancing queen” but saying nothing. And then when enough dancing was done, they lay where they fell. In heaps. I could have cried. 

Later that evening, I met a young guy at a cabaret. I told him I had gone to Angela’s show, and he said “oh yeah”, he liked what she did, but this time, well hey, “it was a bit violent”. Ow! That hurts. What can possibly be violent by showing some bits of plastic being shot? Little lad, I ask you, what is the pain that you feel? I challenge you to even find a speck of legitimate pain apart from that of guilt. Again the anger. 


* 08.11.1971 in Rümlang, Zurich. 

Angela Marzullo, a.k.a. Makita, is an artist born in Zurich, Switzerland. She is Swiss on her mother’s side and Italian on her fathers.

She has been living in Geneva since she graduated from art school in 2004. She combines video and performance art in order to explore the feminist questions that are central to her artistic practice, and uses this practice for social and political critique. 

Since 2005, she has integrated her daughters, Lucie and Stella (*1995 / *1999), to her artistic research and practice. They first acted in a video series “Performing.” This first video became part of a longer series “Homeschooling” from 2009 onwards, the year that Marzullo (accompanied by her daughters) spent in residence at the Swiss Institute in Rome. During that year, she produced an experimental short film, “Concettina,” based on the Lutheran Letters of P.P. Pasolini, with two girls as the main actresses. The “Homeschooling” series enabled Marzullo to reach an international audience. 

She pursues this collaborative work with her daughters, together with other projects in which she uses live performance, video performance, photography and artistic research (1970s radical feminism, ecology). 

In 2010 she was awarded a residency at the Swiss Institute in Rome Since 2003, she has practiced critical artistic transmission through her works.

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