Chiara Fumai “Less Light”

The International Studio & Curatorial Program

poster for Chiara Fumai “Less Light”
[Image: Chiara Fumai "Harry Houdini Reads Valerie Solanas" (2013) C-print, ed. 3, 311/2 × 47 in. Photo courtesy of The Church of Chiara Fumai.]

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The International Studio & Curatorial Program presents LESS LIGHT, a solo exhibition of work by Chiara Fumai (1978–2017), a 2017 ISCP alumna.

During the Opening Reception, ISCP will present a reenactment of Fumai’s performance The S.C.U.M. Elite (2014).

The artist’s first solo show on this continent, LESS LIGHT brings together two of Fumai’s pioneering works, The Book of Evil Spirits (2015) and Dogaressa Elisabetta Querini, Zalumma Agra, Annie Jones, Dope Head, Harry Houdini, Eusapia Palladino read Valerie Solanas (2012-13).

Fumai’s hybrid practice was deeply rooted in performance and her interests were far-reaching—encompassing radical feminism, chaos magick, terrorist propaganda and Italian Autonomist Marxism. In her work, she frequently deconstructed ideologies that have impeded women’s empowerment. Fumai performed as marginalized historical figures, transmitting occult messages that revived forgotten or discarded narratives.

Chiara Fumai’s (Rome, 1978–Bari, 2017) work will represent Italy at the Venice Biennale in 2019, along with two other artists. Solo exhibitions include: Rosa Santos, Valencia (2016); Museion, Bolzano (2015); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2013); A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia (2013); Futura – Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague (2013); MACRO Testaccio, Rome (2011); and Careof – DOCVA, Milan (2008).

Public Programs:

February 14, 6:30–8pm: Silvia Federici (feminist activist, writer, and teacher) will discuss her research on witch-hunting in Europe and the Americas, with reference to both historical events and the development of a capitalist society. The evening will begin with a brief viewing of the exhibition.
March 12, 6:30–8pm: Micki Pellerano (artist and frequent collaborator of Chiara Fumai) will present a lecture at ISCP on the use of occult symbolism and ritual practice in Fumai’s work.



from February 12, 2019 to May 17, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-02-12 from 18:00 to 20:00


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