Post-Terrona. A Drawing Project About an Imaginative Reconfiguration of the Southern Italian Woman

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2021-05-05

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This work is a combination of artistic and scholarly research about the southern Italian woman (terrona). By analyzing a variety of media, I investigate the southern Italian woman’s stereotype and I discuss how she has been represented in novels, movies, television shows, and popular culture as loud, choleric, sexualized, and maternal. In addition, I conduct an imaginative experiment where I transform the terrona’s patriarchal stereotype into a reconfiguration of her image where she is represented as an empowered and satisfied woman. To do this, I connect the terrona’s traditional image to the natural resources of the Mediterranean environment, and I fantasize about how this relationship transforms the terrona from a marginalized and oppressed woman into an empowered one. This theoretical material is used in my artistic practice to inform my drawings. In my drawings, I represent the traditional terrona as loud, sexualized, and maternal. I also portray the reconfigured terrona as having political power, feeling sexual pleasure, and being emotionally fulfilled. In this way, by adopting a combination of theoretical research and artistic practice, I conduct a feminist investigation about the terrona’s social condition while also proposing an imaginative reconfiguration of her stereotype.

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Feminism and art, Feminism in art, Stereotypes (Social psychology), Italians in art, Italians, Italy, Southern, Women -- Italy

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