Prof. Giovanna Zapperi



  • Gender and modernity in the visual arts
  • Feminist, queer, and postcolonial interventions in contemporary art
  • Art and politics in postwar Italy
  • Early video, cinema and the women’s movement in France


Transnational Encounters in the long 1968: Women Artists in Italy

Publikationen (Auswahl)

  • (Hg., gemeinsam mit Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez),  Defiant Muses: Delphine Seyrig and feminist video collectives in France in the 1970s and 1980s / Musas Insumisas: Delphine Seyrig y los collectivos de vìdeo feminista en Francia en los 70 y 80 (Ausstellungskatalog), Madrid 2019.
  • Carla Lonzi. Un’arte della vita, Roma 2017.
  • (Hg.), L’avenir du passé. Art contemporain et politiques de l’archive, Rennes 2016 (Arts contemporains).
  • L’artiste est une femme. La modernité de Marcel Duchamp, Paris 2012 (Lignes d’art).


Giovanna Zapperi is Professor of contemporary art at Université de Tours. She was the "Rudolf Arnheim" Guest Professor at Humboldt University in Berlin (2007–2008), a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Stud-ies in Nantes (2009), and at the French Academy in Rome at the Villa Medici (2013–2014), where she con-ducted extensive research on  the criticism and art historical work of radical Italian feminist Carla Lonzi (1931–1982). She has written articles on contemporary artists such as Kader Attia, Rossella Biscotti, Chiara Fumai, Bouchra Khalili, Natascha Sadr Haghighian among others and has published in journals such as Af-terall, e-flux journal, Feminist Review, Multitudes, Oxford Art Journal, Texte zur Kunst. Her books include L’artiste est une femme. La modernité de Marcel Duchamp (Paris 2012) Lo schermo del potere. Femminismo e regime della visibilità (with Alessandra Gribaldo, Verona 2012), and Carla Lonzi. Un’arte della vita (Rome, 2017). With Francesco Ventrella she is the editor of the forthcoming book Art and Feminism in Postwar Italy: The Legacy of Carla Lonzi (London 2020). She has recently curated the exhibition "Defiant Muses: Delphine Seyrig and Feminist Video Collectives in France, 1970s–1980s" (with Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez) at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid in 2019-2020.

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