september 18 - november 22, 2018
via a. stradella 7
opening september 17
Raffaella Cortese is pleased to announce On An Iron Post, an important comeback by Simone Forti with a solo
show at an Italian gallery after the historical collaboration with Galleria Attico in Rome at the end of the 70s. The
exhibition at the gallery will run concurrently with her participation in Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never
Done at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (September 16th, 2018 - February 3rd, 2019): the group show
traces the history of the renowned choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers of the 60s.
Simone Forti has been presented 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, 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.