Location Livorno, IT
Cecilia Canziani
February 8, 2021

11. Cecilia Canziani

Laura Grisi, The Measuring of Time, 1969, b-w digital video from 16mm film (Courtesy the Estate and P420, Bologna)

The critic and curator Cecilia Canziani reconstructs Laura Grisi’s biograph starting from her anthropological relationship with air, wind, nature… Laura Grisi is a figure of the sixties and seventies hardly inscribable in any trend, an isolated and silent artist. But in the end, as Luce Irigarary suggests, “is not presence, the Gestell disposed by man to make certain encounters with nature impossible?” (The forgetting of air, 1983)

Cecilia’s voice takes us on a journey that ends with ”Drop and Ocean”, one of the sounds on magnetic tape she recorded to document a physical reality, and Cecilia adds:

“… it seems to me that in this research, Laura Grisi, beyond the rigor of mathematics, of the very precise design of geometry, we also find something else… that we can call the sound of the poetic word…”

Cecilia Canziani (Rome, 1976) is an independent curator and adjunct professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and the American University in Rome and IED Rome. She is currently collaborating with Galleria Nazionale of Rome for the project Herstory, co-curated with Lara Conte and Paola Ugolini and with MAXXI LAquila, where she curated a site specific commission of Anastasia Potemkina.

Thanks to the Estate of Laura Grisi and P420 Gallery it is possible to consult her works in Airchive