THE BLOOD OF WOMEN | Traces of red on the white cloth

Curated by Manuela De Leonardis
Coordination by Marco Alfano

PALAZZO FRUSCIONE, Vicolo Adelberga, 19, 84121 Salerno
September 17-October 14, 2021
Opening Friday September  17 at 6.00 pm | performance by Tomaso Binga
Hours:  Tue-Fri 6.00pm-9.00pm / Sat-Sun 10.30am-1.00pm and 6.00pm-9.00pm (closed Monday)

Organization and promotion of the Filiberto and Bianca Menna Foundation, Salerno

Information: Fondazione Menna – +39 366 4049806 |
Free admission. According to the latest government regulations, access to the event is allowed only to visitors with a Green Pass and with the obligation to wear a mask

Carolle Bénitah, j’ai honte, 2018 (courtesy of the artist)

The Filiberto and Bianca Menna Foundation, with the contribution of the Campania Region in the cultural promotion plan for the year 2021 (special contribution Art. 7), with the patronage of the Municipality of Salerno and in collaboration with the Pasquale Battista Foundation is pleased to present the exhibition The blood of women | Traces of red on the white cloth, conceived and curated by Manuela De Leonardis with the coordination of Marco Alfano in the halls of the historic Palazzo Fruscione in Salerno.

A courageous artistic project that developed between 2014 and 2018 with the involvement of 68 international artists who have dealt with aspects related to women, some of which are taboo even in contemporary society such as menstruation, menopause, sexuality, puberty, violence, femicide but also birth and blood ties.

Each artist has worked starting from an old “diaper”, the cloth that was once used to absorb menstrual blood, as a “living matter” that becomes the spokesperson for reflections that go beyond the boundaries of genre: anonymous stories, known stories, everyday stories told in the first person, metabolized and reworked sometimes resorting to metaphor, to the power of irony, to literary or pictorial quotation, to the dimension of poetry.

Elly Nagaoka Sono in menopausa 2015 (part.) (courtesy of the artist)

The 68 artists are Ilaria Abbiento, Manal AlDowayan, Adele Angelone, Elizabeth Aro, Wafa Bahai, Alessandra Baldoni, Carolle Bénitah, Takoua Ben Mohamed, Saša Bezjak, Tomaso Binga, Rosina Byrne, Giovanna Caimmi, Primarosa Cesarini Sforza, Rupa Chordia-Samdaria, Sara Ciuffetta, Lea Contestabile, Karmen Corak, Mila Dau, Vlasta Delimar, Kristien De Neve, Maria Diana, Isabella Ducrot, Nilüfer Ergin, Cristiana Fasano, Maimuna Feroze-Nana, Simona Filippini, Emita Frigato, Pilar, Barbara e Stella Marina Gallas, Silvia Giambrone, Felicity Griffin Clark, Maïmouna Guerresi, Susan Harbage Page, Sasha Huber, Susan Kammerer, Fariba Karimi, Eglė Kuckaitė, Hanako Kumazawa, Silvia Levenson, Wenwen (Vivienne) Liu, Lôw (Estabrak Al Ansari, Raiya Al Rawahi, Tara Al Dughaither), Barbara Luisi, Anja Luithle, Victoria Manganiello, Florencia Martinez, Patrizia Molinari, Elly Nagaoka, Ana Maria Negară, Yasuko Oki, Novella Oliana, Sonya Orfalian, Lina Pallotta, Sara Palmieri, Chiara Pellegrin, Sofia Rocchetti, Elisa Roggio, Anna Romanello, Paola Romoli Venturi, Virginia Ryan, Cinzia Sarto, Ivana Spinelli, Silvia Stucky, Ketty Tagliatti, Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Laura VdB Facchini, Maria Angeles Vila, Nicole Voltan, Ruchika Wason Singh e Deborah Willis.

Three thematic meetings are scheduled at Palazzo Fruscione on Friday September 24 ,  October 1 and  October 8(7pm to 9 pm).

Ilaria Abbiento, Come la marea, 2018 (courtesy of the artist)