Che si può fare
13 October 2019 – 8 March 2020
These works by Helen Cammock interweave women’s stories of loss and resilience with seventeenth-century Baroque music by female composers, exploring the concept of lament in women’s lives across histories and geographies.
The show is the result of a six-month bespoke Italian residency organized by Max Mara, Whitechapel Gallery and Collezione Maramotti. Travelling from Bologna to Florence, Venice, Rome, Palermo and Reggio Emilia, Cammock set out to explore the expression of lament and uncover hidden female voices. Across the country, historians, musicians, artists and singers opened their archives and shared their stories and research.
Che si può fare takes its title from a 1664 pre-operatic lament by Italian composer Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677). Cammock took classical singing lessons to learn the aria and rehearsed it throughout the residency.
A visual poet whose drawings, prints, photographs and films juxtapose word and image, Cammock’s multimedia practice embraces text, photography, video, song, performance and printmaking, and is motivated by her commitment to questioning mainstream historical narratives around blackness, womanhood, wealth, power, poverty and vulnerability. Mining her own biography in addition to histories of repression or resistance, and incorporating influences from jazz, blues, poetry and dance, as well as the words of other writers – like James Baldwin, Maya Angelou and Audre Lorde – Cammock excavates lost, unheard, or buried voices.
13 October 2019, 2.30 - 6.30pm
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