In 1969, the Italian art critic and feminist Carla Lonzi (1931-1982) authored Autoritratto (Self-Portrait) using the transcripts of interviews conducted with fourteen prominent artists living in Italy. Overlooked for many years, Autoritratto’s experimental unravelling of traditional art criticism has inspired a new generation of artists and curators. It was, however, Lonzi’s final work as an art critic; after its publication she renounced the art world, and co-founded the feminist collective Rivolta femminile.
Allison Grimaldi Donahue, a writer and editor, is currently working on what will be the (long overdue) first translation of Autoritratto into English. In October, Teresa Kittler met with Donahue to discuss Carla Lonzi’s legacy and the relevance of her work to anglophone readers.