An interview by Kristen Lorello:

"I spent much of last year in Rome, studying the city’s contemporary art scene and focusing on how the city’s landscape, replete with historic monuments, might provide a meaningful backdrop for critical intervention, particularly on feminist and environmental issues. Both Italian duo goldiechiari (Sara Goldschmied and Eleonora Chiari) and the temporarily Rome-based American artist Kate Gilmore create works that challenge the values implicit in a variety of social situations, each using the city’s landscape as a source of both content and materials for their art. During their ten-year collaboration, Rome-based duo goldiechiari have often used Rome’s historic center and outskirts as the setting for photographs treating issues related to sexual politics and the consequences of industrialization and capitalism. Recipient of the 2007-08 Rome Prize, Gilmore creates videos in which she interacts with constructed sculptural sets, often confronting physically challenging situations that must be endured or overcome, including taking an axe to a sculpted wooden heart, throwing domestic furniture from the second to first story of a building, and clawing her way up an incline on roller skates to take a cake. Destroying the intended function of common objects or revealing the ridiculous extents to which women go to achieve role that society prescribes, Gilmore places the values of the roles and objects in flux. Drawn to the common threads in their work, I interviewed these three artists this spring."

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