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“DONNA ROSANNA METTEVA FLUXUS IN CASCINA” : Rosanna Chiessi et les éditions Pari & Dispari à Reggio Emilia et Cavriago (1971-1992) : une expérience de l’art entre continuité et rupture avec le territoire

Abstract : Rosanna Chiessi founded the art publishing house Pari & Dispari in 1971 in Reggio Emilia. Since the early 1960s this northern Italian city had experienced a period of economic and cultural renewal led by the local administration of the Italian Communist Party. Pari & Dispari was mainly involved in the publication of multiples, printed works or portfolios of contemporary Italian and foreign artists, and also in the organization of multidisciplinary events. In the 1970s, Rosanna Chiessi together with the collector Francesco Conz and the gallery owner Giuseppe Morra promoted the work of performance artists in Italy. Some of them were part of the Fluxus group and they used to stay at her large rural house in Cavriago, which was an experimental laboratory where art and life were brought together through "popular" artistic events. The first event took place in 1977 and was called Tendenze d'Arte Internazionale. It was a festival that brought exhibitions and performances into the every-day life of the local population including the church. The reactions of the local people to Pari & Dispari and contemporary art were sharply divided. However, Rosanna's intentions were in line with other local initiatives in this period. The municipal administration of Reggio Emilia was trying to bring artistic creation closer to the people by promoting the neo-avantgarde literature of Gruppo '63, the performances of the Living Theatre and the Musica / Realtà project, which brought contemporary music to public places all over the province. Through the testimony of those who collaborated with Pari & Dispari at the time, this research tries to understand Rosanna Chiessi’s way of operating in relation to the identity of a territory marked by socialist values and strong identification with the memory of the Resistance. Throughout her life Rossana consistently identified with this political stance which influenced her relationship to the art she promoted and was echoed by the Fluxus artists. In this context, the piece Per Arco by the composer Giuseppe Chiari is a good example of this approach. By associating unusual gestures on the cello with the sound of bombs falling, it proposes something which is both in continuity with collective experience, and in total opposition to musical tradition.
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Deborah Walker. “DONNA ROSANNA METTEVA FLUXUS IN CASCINA” : Rosanna Chiessi et les éditions Pari & Dispari à Reggio Emilia et Cavriago (1971-1992) : une expérience de l’art entre continuité et rupture avec le territoire. Art et histoire de l'art. Université de Lorraine, 2020. Français. ⟨NNT : 2020LORR0289⟩. ⟨tel-03246544⟩

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