Simone Forti has been present in Italy in the last decades through the participation in performances and workshops, from Museo del Novecento, Milan to Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, and Galleria Raffaella Cortese is proud to dedicate to her a solo show in via Stradella 7, the main space of the gallery.
Born in Italy and raised in Los Angeles, Simone Forti has been a leading figure in the development of contemporary performance over the last fifty years. Artist, choreographer, dancer, writer, Simone Forti has dedicated herself to the research of a kinesthetic awareness, always engaging with experimentation and improvisation.
The cooperation with other artists represents an important aspect of her practice, starting from her mentors Anna Haplrin who exhibited with Galleria Raffaella Cortese in 2012 and John Cage, to musicians such as Charlemagne Palestine and Peter Van Riper.
In the early 1960s, together with dancers including Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti innovated the idea of dance and performance introducing movements of everyday life. During her Roman period, when she lived by the zoo, she started envisioning pieces of performance by observing animals movements. In her recent works, News Animation, she began to include the use of spoken words in her dance.
On the occasion of the gallery show, Simone Forti presents recent works, together with some historical pieces. Through the following words she invites us to live the experience:
I am happy to be showing recent work, a triptych of related videos. As the center of gravity of the show, On an Iron Post, they present an intimately physical engagement with ocean, river and lakefront and with sand, water and snow. Each video somehow refers to the broader world, with a mass of newspapers, with an abstracted flag, and with a little black crank-up radio. There is no intended message, but rather an invitation to let your body have its own ideas and thoughts.