This event is part of
Room to Bloom
18 September 2023, 19:00—21:00
Vicolo del Pallone, Palermo (Kalsa)

Screening + talk


Vicolo del Pallone, Palermo
19:00 — 21:00

Le Nemesiache: Le Sibille | Il mare ci ha chiamate
— Following a conversation between Sonia d’Alto (curator), Beatrice Gibson (artist and director) e Federica Madonia (NUDM Palermo)

The event is a moment of sharing the act of remembering proposed as (trans)feminist historical re-appropriation, rewriting of reality and imaginative reworking of a political future. Marginalised and erased knowledge, the memory of historical feminist struggles, remembrance as a possibility to re-articulate desire and resistance will be evoked in the artistic and political practice of the historical Neapolitan feminist group Le Nemesiache. As they wrote in 1973: ‘Being many cassandras can be the beginning of a concentration of forces that generates prediction and thus change from prescription’.

For the occasion, Le Sibille and Il Mare Ci ha Chiamate, two video works from 1978, written by Lina Mangiacapre and realised with Le Nemesiache, will be screened, accompanied by a conversation between Sonia D’Alto (curator), Beatrice Gibson (director and artist) and Federica Madonia (NUDM Palermo), in memory of what Lina Mangiacapre wrote: “cinema could be an important tool for the appropriation of a historical dimension. But before proceeding we must, in addition to rediscovering the pioneers, women far away in time and space, remember and love those who are close by, not ignore our contemporary history, the struggles that have brought the presence of women in cinema to the fore, our brief and crazy struggle for a world that has always tried to exclude us’.

Le Sibille, 1978
Subject/Script/Direction: Lina Mangiacapre
Music, costumes and interpretation: Nemesiache
Duration: 25′

Il Mare Ci ha Chiamate, 1978
Subject/Script/Direction: Lina Mangiacapre
Music, costumes and interpretation: Nemesiache
Duration: 18′

Le Nemesiache were a feminist political and creative reality started in Naples in 1970 by Lina Mangiacapre, and active mostly in the 1970s and 1980s, for whom women’s liberation depends on creative self-determination. The group often used mythological methodologies to destroy patriarchal structures: the Greek goddess of justice against arrogance, Nemesis, for instance, is the source of their name. Their creative output has taken many forms, primarily film and performance, but also painting, poetry and music, and publishing. Guided by the assumption ‘creativity is political’, they have organised conferences, protests, political actions, guided by a ‘transfeminist’ philosophy and practice. Despite being rooted IN the Neapolitan context, and in the mythical territories of Cuma, the Campi Flegrei and the Bay of Naples, they conducted struggles in solidarity with women and realities from different geographical contexts, such as the organisation of the Rassegna di Cinema Femminista di Sorrento (1976-1994).

The event is produced by Fondazione Studio Rizoma and realised with the support of the Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea within the framework of the Italian Council programme. The project is entirely financed by the European Union and implemented by the Goethe-Institut.

Photo credits: Le Sibille, directed by Lina Mangiacapre and produced by Le Nemesiache, 1977 © Courtesy Le Nemesiache and Mangiacapra Archive.

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