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Ilaria Bussoni, Raffaella Perna
Il gesto femminista

28 July 2014

Hands raised in a triangle to form a vagina: that was how, in the seventies, “the vagina gesture” made its appearance in the streets, alongside the banners, battles for the right to abortion, clogs, sit-ins and self-awareness groups. Now, the excellent book Il gesto femminista [“The Feminist Gesture”], edited by Ilaria Bussoni and Raffaella Perna, retraces its history, interweaving library pictures and critical essays by women sociologists, philosophers, art historians, photographers and film directors. The empty triangle does not represent just a reappropriation of the self, but a multilayered idea of the female body and existence: the body is materialized in absence, in that void in the surrounding space which is charged with profound meanings. As Silvia Bordini puts it: “the gesture of the vagina indicated a threshold, a boundary between the inside and the outside, not just the interior and exterior of the female organ, but also the threshold that has to be crossed to assert the desire for a change of mentality between the male and the female.” In this space that women have carved out for themselves a whole new universe of meaning is created, one that the photographs illustrate through an exchange of deep looks and profound expressions, able to communicate the vision of a new community and influence the collective imagination. Published by DeriveApprodi.

Il gesto femminista, curato da Ilaria Bussoni e Raffaella Perna

Rome, April 1977. Demonstration in front of the court for the trial of Claudia Caputi’s rapists. Photo by Paola Agosti.

Il gesto femminista, curato da Ilaria Bussoni e Raffaella Perna

Rome, April 1977. Demonstration in front of the court for the trial of Claudia Caputi’s rapists. Photo by Paola Agosti.

Il gesto femminista, curato da Ilaria Bussoni e Raffaella Perna

Rome, March 30, 1976. Demonstration in front of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. Photo by Paola Agosti.

Il gesto femminista, curato da Ilaria Bussoni e Raffaella Perna

Rome, October 8, 1980. Demonstration calling for support of law 194 legalizing abortion in the referendum. Photo by Roberto Koch.

Il gesto femminista, curato da Ilaria Bussoni e Raffaella Perna

Photo: Agnese De Donato

Il gesto femminista, curato da Ilaria Bussoni e Raffaella Perna

Photo: Agnese De Donato

Il gesto femminista, curato da Ilaria Bussoni e Raffaella Perna

Photo: Agnese De Donato

Il gesto femminista, curato da Ilaria Bussoni e Raffaella Perna

Photo: Paola Agosti

Il gesto femminista, curato da Ilaria Bussoni e Raffaella Perna

Photo: Agnese De Donato

Il gesto femminista, curato da Ilaria Bussoni e Raffaella Perna

Photo: Agnese De Donato

Il gesto femminista, curato da Ilaria Bussoni e Raffaella Perna

Photo: Agnese De Donato

Il gesto femminista, curato da Ilaria Bussoni e Raffaella Perna.



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